Familienleben

A Film by Rosa Hannah Ziegler

Synopsis

FAMILY LIFE.
Biggi and Alfred used to be a couple, but life’s tough if you don’t have gainful employment and so they are still living together on a run-down farm in Saxony-Anhalt. Biggi’s daughters Denise (17) and Saskia (14) are trying to make their way in life but are hindered, both by the emotional roller-coaster that is puberty and their fragmented schooling which has featured bullying, bouts of anxiety and various spells in homes. The adults try to give them stability, but they are battling their own demons. They have big dreams of a Western town or a stud farm, but without money their bucolic idyll of horses and dogs soon feels like the end of the world.
Rosa Hannah Ziegler creates a close, sensitive relationship with her protagonists that also gives them the space to express with dignity their vulnerability and brokenness. Ziegler’s family microcosm allows her to portray life on the margins and a group of individuals who, though excluded and powerless against institutions, are still full of dreams for a better future.

Director

  • Picture of Rosa Hannah Ziegler © Gerhard Ziegler

    Rosa Hannah Ziegler

    Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1982, she studied directing at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She won the German Short Film Award in Gold for her documentary Cigaretta mon amour – Portrait meines Vaters (2006). She followed this with multi-award-winning short films Escape (2011) and A Girl’s Day (2014) which both screened at numerous international festivals. In 2017 she made the television film Du warst mein Leben which has won a Grimme Award. Familienleben is her first feature-length documentary.

Awards + Festivals

  • 68th BERLINALE - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (Panorama, Berlin, Germany)February 16, 2018
  • 15th DOKUMENTARFILMWOCHE HAMBURG (Official Selection, Germany)April 11, 2018
  • FRAMES OF REPRESENTATION 2018 AT INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS (Landscape Program, ICA London, UK)April 20, 2018
  • 28th FILMKUNSTFEST MV (Official Selection, Schwerin, Germany)May 1, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    15th NEISSE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Neiße, Germany)May 15, 2018
  • 2nd FESTIVAL DE CINE DE PORTOVIEJO (Official Selection, Portoviejo, Ecuador)June 14, 2018
  • *NOMINATED*
    GERMAN DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD 2018 (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)June 27, 2018
  • 3rd SACRAMENTO UNDERGROUND FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sacramento, CA, USA)August 2, 2018
  • *2nd PRIZE*
    15th SARATOV SUFFERINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saratov, Russia)September 27, 2018
  • 23rd SPLIT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Split, Croatia)October 4, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM*
    4th BANGIFF BANGKOKTHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangkok, Thailand)October 14, 2018
  • 22nd GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Singapore)October 25, 2018
  • 5th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Bruno, CA, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 4th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bahia, Brazil)November 1, 2018
  • 42th DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE (Official Selection, Duisburg, Germany)November 5, 2018
  • 8th AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, York, United Kingdom)November 7, 2018
  • *THE GATE OF ZVORNIK - BEST DIRECTION*
    12th INTERNATIONAL EAST SARAJEVO FILM FEST (Official Selection, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)November 12, 2018
  • 9th DOC EST (Official Selection, Iasi, Romania)November 14, 2018
  • 4th SIERRA INT FILM WEEKEND (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz, Bolivia)November 16, 2018
  • 5th BIENAL INTERNACIONAL DONA I CINEMA - MUJER Y CINE - WOMAN & FILM (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)January 11, 2019
  • ACADEMY OF MEDIA ARTS „HEIMSPIEL 2019“ (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)January 23, 2019
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY* *JURY PRIZE*
    3rd IBIZACINEFEST (Official Selection, Ibiza, Spain)January 27, 2019
  • 18th DOCPOINT - HELSINKI DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Helsinki, Finland)January 28, 2019
  • 10th BERLIN LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL (Official Online Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 4, 2019
  • 5th FINDECOIN - INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 25, 2019
  • 5th FELACOS - FESTIVAL DE LARGOS Y CORTOS DE SANTIAGO (Official Selection, Santiago, Región Metropolit, Chile)March 7, 2019
  • 14th MICE - MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA ETNOGRÁFICO (Official Selection, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)March 25, 2019
  • 4th LONDON INTERNATIONAL MOTION PICTURES AWARDS (Official Selection, London, UK)May 24, 2019
  • 3rd SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO FILM FEST (Official Selection, Santiago del Estero, Argentina)June 25, 2019

Crew

Director
Rosa Hannah Ziegler
Screenplay
Rosa Hannah Ziegler
Producer
Roswitha Ziegler
Associate Producer
Markus Kaatsch
Director of Photography
Matteo Cocco
Sound
Siegfried Fischer, Thomas Mayr, Claas-Benjamin Berger, Christian Grundey
Editor
Rosa Hannah Ziegler, Gerhard Ziegler
Sound Design
Clemens Endress
Music
August A. Braatz

Details

Running Time
97 min.
Shooting Format
1,85:1
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Wendländische Filmkooperative
Roswitha Ziegler
Dickfeitzen 13
29496 Waddeweitz
+49 – (0) 5849-1225

DIRECTOR

Rosa Hannah Ziegler
rh.ziegler@googlemail.com
www.rosa-hannah-ziegler.com

Film: www.familienleben-der-film.de