24 Weeks (24 Wochen)


Century Larkspur 3 Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 16, 2016 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: Kinowerks
Mind the Gap
Running Time:102 min.
Director:Anne Zohra Berrached
Producer:Melanie Berke
Tobias Büchner
Thomas Kufus
Screenwriter:Carl Gerber
Anne Zohra Berrached
Cinematographer:Friede Clausz
Editor:Denys Darahan
Cast:Julia Jentsch
Bjarne Mädel
Johanna Gastdorf
Emilia Pieske
Maria-Victoria Dragus
Print Source:Beta Cinema
Note Writer:Melissa Howden


FOCUS: KINOWERKS The story of a woman facing a moral dilemma when, deep into her pregnancy, she learns that there are problems with her baby, 24 Weeks avoids cliché and judgment with a tender, multi-faced exploration of choice. Award-winning actress Julia Jenstch (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, MVFF 2005) is Astrid, a popular feminist comedian and already the mother of a young child. As she weighs her decision, in addition to trying to determine in her own heart what is right, she also evaluates the impact the baby’s disabilities might have on her partner and daughter, and fears how an abortion might affect her career in light of her very public pregnancy. Jenstch makes Astrid’s journey wholly personal, gripping, heartbreaking, and real as she forcefully portrays Astrid’s gamut of emotions from resolution to fear, certitude to doubt, joy to grief in this powerful, uncompromising drama.

Guest in attendance 10/16: Bjarne Madel (actor)

Additional Information

Anne Zohra Berrached was born in Erfurt, East Germany, in 1982. In 2009, she began to study directing at the Film Academy, Baden-Württemberg. Her second year movie Saint & Whore was invited to over 80 film festivals around the globe. In her third year, she completed her first feature film Two Mothers . It premiered at the 63rd International Film Festival in Berlin in 2013. The feature was released in five countries on DVD, and has earned the First Steps No Fear Award and the Dialogues en Perspective of the section Perspective German Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival. 24 Weeks is her second feature film.