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Sternenkind

Synopsis: 

LONG SYNOPSIS
Sternenkind is a short film about a couple (Julia and Hannes) that is awaiting their first child. In the last third of the pregnancy a lethal illness is diagnosed to the child which means that it will die before birth.
The couple leaves the city for the countryside. Julia wants to get away from the friends and the expectations of being pregnant. Hannes is driving to work every day. Julia is left alone with the unborn child. While she is waiting for the child to die (inside her), the differences between the couple emerge and destroy their relationship.

MEDIUM SYNOPSIS
A young couple awaits their first child. But it will die before birth. As they struggle to find reason they flee to the countryside where he drives to work every day and she is left alone with the unborn child. While she is waiting for the child to die (inside her), the differences between the couple emerge and destroy their relationship.

SHORT SYNOPSIS
A young couple struggles with the loss of their unborn child and watches their relationship unravel.

Runtime: 
00:22:00
English subtitle: 
Yes

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Information for the Audience: 

When we started working on the script, we were interested most about how something unexpected would influence a stable system and slowly erode it. The prospect of life that is not redeemed the way the couple expected. A child that won’t be, although it is growing steadily in Julia’s body. How should you grasp death in the gamete? How can meaning grasp the possibility of birth being the end of life?
Thus Julia stands in front of the grave and it is but the picture that tells the full truth. The mother carrying the child that still lives but soon will be dead and buried in the cold ground. The mother that will continue living instead and is lead by this realization onto the meadow where she will find no answer but an awful vortex of possibilities.

Although we wanted to focus on the life of the parents and the implication this pregnancy has, we thought that there was a strong mythical factor to the film. Not only is the child a malformed foetus but it is also a symbol representing our losing touch with the nature around us.

Imagine the darkest place you can go when you want to run away, when everything is just going wrong. It is a place of gentle peace and retreat you would seek in such moments. But also a reminiscence of the danger, the threat that has brought you to this place. Sternenkind is about the feeling of an expectant mother when she finds out that her child is going to die.

 

Synopsis:

Sternenkind is a short film about love and loss. Julia and Hannes are awaiting their first child. In the last third of the pregnancy a lethal illness is diagnosed to the child which means that it will die before birth.
The couple leaves the city for the countryside. Julia wants to get away from the friends and the expectations of being pregnant. Hannes is driving to work every day and Julia is left alone with the unborn child. While she is waiting for the child to die (inside her), the differences between the couple emerge and destroy their relationship.

 

Principal Cast:

Julia: Friederike Hammer
Hannes: Nils Wiegand
Girl: Hannah Heidenreich
Gynecologist: Christiane Nothofer
Marianne: Anne Thoma

 

Crew

Writer: Aristotelis Chaitidis
Director: Daniel Michalos
Producer: Diana Nilles, Daniel Michalos
Cinematographer: Tian Tsering
Production Designer: Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Editor: Radu Ghelbereu
Sound Recordist: Russ James
Sound Designer: Zbigniew Malecki
Grader: Jason Moffat
Production Company: London Film SchoolPunctum Films

Screenings / Awards: 

Drama Short Film Festival 2016.

Athens International Film Festival 2016.

Izmir International Short Film Festival 2016.

22. Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2016.

Cinema on the Bayou 2017.

Independent Days International Filmfest 2017.

Ridgefield Independent Film Festival 2017.

Near Nazareth Film Festival 2017.

Great Message International Film Festival 2017.

Orlandeo Film Festival 2017.

Blue Danube Film Festival 2017.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival 2017.

Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film Festival 2018.

Lebanese Independenant Film Festival 2018.

South Cinematographic Academy Film & Art 2018.

 

Awards:

Remi Winner. Worldfest Houston 2017.

UK Film Review: Best Actress Award for Friederike Hammer 2019.

 

Directed by: 
Daniel Michalos
Writing credits: 
Aristoteles Chaitidis
Cast: 
Julia Friederike Hammer Hannes Nils Wiegand Girl Hannah Heidenreich Gynecologist Christiane Nothofer Marianne Anne Thoma
Produced by: 
Daniel Michalos Diana Nilles
Music by: 
n/a
Cinematography by: 
Tian Tsering
Film Editing by: 
Radu Ghelbereu
Casting by: 
Daniel Michalos
Production Design by: 
Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Art Direction by: 
Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Set Decoration by: 
Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Costume Design by: 
Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Makeup Department: 
Pia Karnopp
Production Management: 
Yannic Riege
Other crew: 
Grader Jason Moffat Sound Design Zbigniew Malecki
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Official sites: 
www.imdb.com/title/tt5501138
Total votes: 35

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