Angela Schanelec
D – F – SRB, 2023, col., 108’
Greek – English o.v.

Italian premiere

Binding together a foundational myth with musical creation, Angela Schanelec, the figurehead of the German “new New Wave”, returns with her very own and stunning contemporary rendering of the tragedy of Oedipus. Music premiered in competition at the Berlinale 2023, where it was awarded Best Screenplay.


© faktura film Shellac

Sceneggiatura, montaggio / Screenplay, Editing: Angela Schanelec
Fotografia / Photography: Ivan Marković
Musica / Music: Doug Tielli
Suono / Sound: Rainer Gerlach
Scenografia / Art Director: Ingo Klier
Costumi / Costume Designer: Anette Guther
Interpreti / Cast: Aliocha Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Argyris Xafis, Frida Tarana, Ninel Skrzypczyk, Miriam Jakob, Wolfgang Michael, Finn-Henry Reyels
Produzione / Produced by: faktura film
Coproduzione / Co-produced by: WDR/Arte, Les Films de l’Après-Midi,
In associazione con / In association with: Heretic
Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Ekome S.A., Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, FFA, CNC, Film Center Serbia, German Films
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Shellac

Abandoned at birth in the Greek mountains on a stormy night, Jon is taken in and adopted, without having known his father or mother. As a young man, he meets Iro, a warden in the prison where he is incarcerated after a deadly tragic accident. She seems to seek out his presence, takes care of him, records music for him. From then on, for every loss he suffers, he will gain something in return. Jon’s eyesight begins to fail… From then on, for every loss he suffers, he will gain something in return. Thus, in spite of going blind, he will live his life more fully than ever. Music premiered in competition at the 2023 Berlinale, where it was awarded Best Screenplay.

“I am not interested in what makes the myth unique, but rather in what it can tell us today. I’m interested in what I can share with everyone, the normal and the relatable. Everything else lies in the unconscious of the character, which is also from where Jon’s singing arises.” (A. Schanelec)



Angela Schanelec
German writer and director Angela Schanelec was born in 1962. In 1995, she graduated from the Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. Her films premiered at Berlinale, Cannes and Locarno and have won numerous awards. In 2006, the Trieste FF presented her films Places in Cities (1998), Passing Summer (2001) and Marseille (2004) within the retrospective ‘Update Deutschland’.

Selected filmography
1995 Das Glück meiner Schwester (My Sister’s Good Fortune) 1998 Plätze in Städten (Places in Cities) 2001 Mein langsames Leben (Passing Summer) 2004 Marseille 2007 Nachmittag (Afternoon) 2010 Orly 2014 Princip, Text ep. di / of Les ponts de Sarajevo (The Bridges of Sarajevo diretto con / directed with A.Begić, L. Di Costanzo, J-L. Godard, K. Kalev, I. Le Besco, S. Loznica, V. Marra, U. Meier, V. Perišić, C. Puiu, M. Recha, T. Villaverde) 2016 Der traumhafte Weg (The Dreamed Path) 2019 Ich war zuhause, aber… (I Was at Home, But…); Premi / Awards: Berlinale – Orso d’argento per la Miglior Regia / Silver Bear for Best Director 2023 Musik (Music); Premi / Awards: Berlinale – Orso d’argento per la Miglior sceneggiatura / Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

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