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     2021 Andres Veiel Retrospective / Popular

    Germany, 2004, 108’
    Director: Andres Veiel

    Four acting students are the focus of Andres Veiel’s long-term observational
    documentary. We meet Stephanie, Karina, Constanza and Prodromos while they
    are preparing for their acting school auditions. The selection procedure
    takes months; it is a trying, nerve-racking time spent vacillating between
    hope and anxiety. All four make it into the school, but their initial
    euphoria about commencing their studies – including group exercises, role
    play and obligatory fencing lessons – is soon followed by deflation in the
    face of merciless criticism of even the slightest shortcoming by their
    tutors. In this way, their passion for their chosen vocation is constantly
    put the test.
    The four students couldn’t be more different: Karina appears to have very few
    problems; Stephanie, however, must endure several auditions. Constanze
    immerses herself in her roles, whilst Prodromos always seems to be at odds
    with himself, his roles, and his dreams. Andres Veiel: “We observe the
    struggles of the protagonists; how they try not to get stressed out or lose
    sight of themselves by worrying about the discrepancy between their
    expectations and their abilities. We accompany them on their search for
    identity and an image, but we also follow their progress towards maturity as
    actors and as individuals. Then, at the end of their studies, comes the real
    test: trying to gain a foothold in the profession. Suddenly, they find
    themselves faced with a new set of questions. What is the nature of success?
    How high is the price for achievement? And what has become of their original
    dreams and aims, seven years on?”

    Screening: 19.09.2021, 20:45h, Open Air Library

    • Listing ID: 1061