This witty, ironic, and engaging film is German director Max Linz’s first feature project. Asta Andersen is a young art curator, a real go-getter, who is preparing a new exhibition on cinema in Berlin. In order to make it happen, however, she needs financing. And so she pays a visit to various cultural departments and institutions and also uses her own contacts in an attempt to secure the needed funds. In 1962 in Oberhausen, a new generation of German filmmakers issued a manifesto that led to the independence of the film industry from market principles. Linz examines what remains of that declaration in contemporary culture. He also contemplates the boundaries of cinema by referring to non-cinematic forms of discourse, such as theater, performance art, commercials, academic lectures, video installations, and even sitcoms. In a self-reflective manner, he presents an artistic mosaic that sheds light on the current relationship between art, cinema, economics, and politics.
Max Linz was born in 1984 in Germany. He studied Film Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, as well as Direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. He is a director, screenwriter, and editor. Asta Upset is his feature debut.
2011 Die Finanzen des Großherzogs Radikant Film (short)
2014 Kłopot Asty / Ich will mich nicht künstlich aufregen / Asta Upset