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24 Weeks

Anne Zohra Berrached
24 Wochen
Germany 2016 / 103’

Astrid and Markus consider themselves liberal and open-minded. Though unmarried, they have been in a happy relationship and raising a daughter together for years. Astrid works as a stand-up comedian, while Markus produces her television appearances. They are not lacking when it comes to money or a sense of humor. They have no problem laughing at themselves, and they also know how to amuse others. A doctor's diagnosis disrupts their perfect life, however, when it turns out that the second child they are expecting is going to be born with Down syndrome and a heart defect. While the protagonists have empathy and the strength to come to terms with nature's decision, German medicine offers them another way out in the form of a late-term abortion. Anne Zohra Berrached holds nothing back in showing us how they are able to achieve a bitter balance. In the film, every argument can be used either in favor of seeing the pregnancy to term or of terminating it. And although Astrid gets good advice from her doctors, family, and friends, it soon becomes clear that she is the only one who can make the final decision.

Artur Zaborski

awards

Berlin IFF 2016 – Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas

Anne Zohra Berrached

Anne Zohra Berrached, a director and screenwriter, was born in Erfurt in 1982 to a German mother and Algerian father. Growing up in a multicultural family sensitized her to the problems facing minorities. In her 2013 directorial debut, Two Mothers, she dealt with the issue of a lesbian couple who wanted to have and raise a child in Germany. The film premiered at the Berlinale, as did her next production, 24 Weeks,in 2016, in which the director deals with the issue of late-term abortion.

Filmography

2011 E+U (short)

2012 Święty i dziwka / Heilige & hure (doc. short)

2012 Hunde wie wir (short)

2013 Dwie matki / Zwei Mütter

2013 Die rechte Hand (short)

2014 24 tygodnie / 24 Wochen / 24 Weeks

Cast & Crew

director Anne Zohra Berrached
screenplay Anne Zohra Berrached, Carl Gerber
cinematography Friede Clausz
editing Denys Darahan
music Jasmin Reuter
cast Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske, Maria-Victoria Dragus
producer Melanie Berke, Tobias Büchner, Thomas Kufus
production Zero One Film
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language German
colouration colour