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Thirty

Simona Kostova

Germany2019114 MinGerman

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

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By suggesting that this 24-hour period is a milestone, or page, of an ongoing story, Kostova creates an insightful portrait crafted from carefully-observed scraps and shards. The result is strangely dazzling, like a mosaic.

- Vague Visages -

Thirty

(Dreissig)

In hip Berlin neighbourhood Neukölln, we experience 24 hours in the lives of a group in their late twenties. While writer Övünç struggles with a feeling of emptiness, former lovers Pascal and Raha try to let go of their relationship. Kara, Henner and Anja are also facing problems within their group of friends. In the evening, they celebrate Övünç’s birthday, then wander the streets, into the night.

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Berlinale
  • Starring:  Övünc Güvenisik, Pascal Houdus, Raha Emami Khansari, Kara Schröder, Henner Borchers, Anja Langer
  • Production:  German Film- and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)
  • International Sales:  Stray Dogs

The study of a generation which looks into the daily routine and habits of a group of friends in today’s trendy Berlin. In constant movement and without complacency, Simona Kostova examines these characters, who are prisoners of their own fears and a looped temporality.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

Simona Kostova

Simona Kostova (1983, Bulgaria) studied Acting in Sofia, followed by several roles in theatre performances in the Bulgarian capital. While working as an actress, she became increasingly interested in the field of directing. In 2009 she moved to Berlin where she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin from 2010. Her feature debut THIRTY had its world premiere at IFF Rotterdam before screening at Berlinale.

I think fear often has two faces. One, that you have to fight against and one, that you better listen to. I do my best to be able to recognize with which face I am dealing with and then, I follow my instincts.

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