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Children Below Deck

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74 films in 13 categories
Bettina Henkel
Austria, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Sweden
94 Min.


2018
Photo Film

V.O.

German, Polish, Latvian

subtitles

Romanian, English


Original Title

Kinder unter Deck

CATEGORY

Contemporary families

program

• 16 March, 18:30, ARCUB

The film will be screened in the presence of: Bettina Henkel

• 17 March, 13:30, Cinemateca Eforie

The film will be screened in the presence of: Bettina Henkel



synopsis

Based on the premise that unresolved experiences and traumas are infused and inherited from one generation to the next, “Children Below Deck” follows a poignant and complicated process of reconciliation between director Bettina Henkel and her father and, subsequently, both their coming to grips with the memory of his mother. From accusations of a lack of love to an exceedingly overbearing nature, he seems to be consumed by a vindictive interest in scrutinising his mother’s past, in exposing her secrets. Moments of honesty and of direct confrontation exorcise family grudges, and the inquiry into the grandmother’s past strengthens the bond between father and daughter. The family chronicle leaves room, at the same time, for an investigative process set against the two world wars, the population movements and the status of Baltic Germans. “Children Below Deck” is a film with a distinct personal touch, taking stock of what can and can’t be forgiven of those who are no longer with us, of what can be retrospectively justified. (Teodora Leu)

awards and festivals

Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film 2018
Fünf Seen Film Festival 2018 / Won Horizonte Award
Vienna Int. Womens Film Festival 2019

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