24 Weeks

Anne Zohra Berrached

Germany2016103 MinGerman

Subtitles: FR, EN, ES, HU, IT, PL, UA, RO, PT

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A brave, important, emotionally charged drama from Germany. A Berlinale highlight.

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24 Weeks

(24 Wochen)

The stage lights, the applause - Astrid loves being a cabaret performer, and loves her tolerant and supportive husband Markus. Every decision is taken together, and this one is no different: what will they do with the child that Astrid is carrying, now, six months into the pregnancy, that she learns it will be severely disabled? She and Marcus have a choice, but little time...

Guild Film Prize - Berlinale

Outstanding Feature Film - German Film Awards

Supported by Media Creative Europe

  • Starring:  Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske
  • Production:  Zero One Film
  • International Sales:  Beta Cinema

A poignant drama about a woman and her husband confronted with the choice of terminating her pregnancy.

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Anne Zohra Berrached

Anne Zohra Berrached was born in Erfurt, East Germany, in 1982. After she got her degree in social education, with a focus on psychology in Frankfurt, she worked as a drama teacher in London for two years. She spent several months in Madrid, Spain and Yaoundé, Cameroon before she became a director’s assistant at the Hansatheater and Ballhaus Ost in Berlin. 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 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.

I wanted to show what really happens. We always see the baby in the womb, the echographs, the heartbeat, what the head is like, what is the gender, is it healthy or not? The earlier we can see that the better, but we don’t talk about the result of what we find. If were going to have a moral, ethical decision to make and we should talk about that. I think everyone should have the choice but we should talk about what lead us to this choice and not shy away from it, no matter how unpleasant.

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