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Music
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Berlinale
Best Screenplay
2023
Freely inspired by the myth of Oedipus. 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. 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.
The myth of Oedipus is the core of this masterful piece of elliptical storytelling in which every detail, no matter how small, becomes a sign – or not. This is a film that transports us from the mountains and beaches of Greece to the lakes of Berlin, and from sometime in the 1980s to the present day. In between, there is one date that can be ascertained: 2006 (featuring football and two decisive minutes for Italy). A newborn baby boy is rescued from a storm one night. Paramedic Elias and his wife take him in, name him Jon, and raise him. As a young man, Jon is attacked and commits manslaughter. The victim is none other than ... During his incarceration, Jon and a female prison officer named Iro become a couple. The tape recorder is playing baroque music: the playlist includes Monteverdi, Bach, Pergolesi. The aesthetics of this music develop into the film’s informing principle, reflecting events in a lucidly enigmatic and concretely abstract way that revels in its own austerity. In Angela Schanelec’s baroque-postmodern cinema, formulas from the doctrines of the affections and figures apply. An addictive intellectual-sensual challenge that allows us to blindly see.

Angela Schanelec


Born in the south of Germany in 1962, she studied acting in Frankfurt am Main followed by engagements at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg and the Schaubühne in Berlin. From 1990 to 1995 she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. She is professor of narrative film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Nachmittag (Afternoon) screened in the 2007 Berlinale Forum; her films have also screened at Cannes and Locarno.

Directed by
Angela Schanelec
Written by
Angela Schanelec
Edited by
Angela Schanelec
Cinematography
Ivan Markovic
Sound by
Rainer Gerlach
Music by
London Symphony Orchestra
Starring
Aliocha Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Argyris Xafis, Wolfgang Michael
Original title
Musik
English title
Music
Year
2023
Country
Germany, France, Greece, Serbia
Language
EL, DE, EN
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
109 min
Genre
Drama
Age rating
15+
Release date
16. 11. 2023
CS/SK Distributor
Film Europe
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Media reception

IndieWire
"Enigmatic in form and uncompromising in intent, a formally impressive film."
Více
Variety
"A scintillating example of film’s uncanny ability to transcend itself, to operate on planes above, below and in between the images and soundscapes."
Více
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