a film by Lisa Bierwirth. In German, French, English and Lingala with German subtitles.
In the midst of the notorious Frankfurter Bahnhofsviertel, two people encounter who could not be more different: Monika, mid-40s, works as a curator and is therefore part of the city’s art- and culture scene. As she unexpectedly gets into a police raid, she encounters Joseph, a Congolese businessman looking for investors for a diamond mine in Congo and who keeps afloat by doing some Import/Export-deals every now and then. Eventually, their brief encounter results in an intense love story. But while both of them believe their relationship to be strong enough to stand against the influence of prejudices, mistrust slowly arises between the two of them, until their relationship becomes a battleground of postcolonial conflicts. Eventually, they will have to ask themselves if it’s actually possible, to love at eye level?
Inspired by the true story of her mother, Lisa Bierwirth questions how postcolonial structures and power relations can take influence in an European-African relationship. The story of her feature debut observes not only the pitfalls, but also the courage it takes to live a love life drawn between social conventions and exhibits Frankfurt am Main – somewhere between a world metropolis and a place of shady business deals – as the film’s ambiguous third protagonist.
DE 2021, 125 Min. OmU
Regie: Lisa Bierwirth
Drehbuch: Lisa Bierwirth, Hannes Held
Kamera: Jenny Lou Ziegel
Schnitt: Bettina Böhler
mit: Ursula Strauss, Passi Balende, Alex Brendemühl, Victoria Trauttmansdorff