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In the Aisles

Thomas Stuber
In den Gängen
Germany 2018 / 125’
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It would seemingly be difficult to imagine a place less suited to a love story than a German supermarket. For Thomas Stuber, however, nothing is impossible. In bringing Clemens Meyer's acclaimed story to the big screen, the director makes a charming film about the feelings that unexpectedly bring together two of the store's employees. Especially noteworthy in In the Aisles is the idea of a departure from realism in the direction of something poetic, elements of which are perceived by the filmmakers even in the least expected aspects of everyday life. The combination of immense sensitivity, warmth and stony-faced humor typical of Stuber will probably appeal to fans of Aki Kaurismäki and Ildikó Enyedi. The film's two stars-Franz Rogowski, who is becoming one of the biggest stars in German cinema, and Sandra Hüller, who is glowing with thesuccess of Tony Erdmann-were up to the challenge. And it was equally thanks to their performances that In the Aisles was recognized as one of the best films at this year's Berlinale.

Piotr Czerkawski


Berlin IFF 2018 – Prize of Ecumenical Jury

Thomas Stuber

Thomas Stuber was born in Leipzig in 1981. He started his studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg in 2004. Teenage Angst, a 60-minute film that he made in his third year, premiered at the Berlinale and received numerous awards throughout the country. He was nominated for a student Oscar for his diploma film, Of Dogs and Horses. In 2015, he made his first full-length film, Herbert, in his hometown of Leipzig. Stuber has had success not only in cinema, but also on television, where he has co-created some of the most important German series.

Selected filmography

2008 Teenage Angst (medium)

2015 Herbert

2018 Walc w alejkach / In den Gängen / In the Aisles

Cast & Crew

director Thomas Stuber
screenplay Thomas Stuber, Clemens Meyer based on a short story by Clemens Meyer
cinematography Peter Matjasko
editing Kaya Inan
sound Christoph Schilling
cast Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth
producer Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
production Sommerhaus Filmproduktionen, Departures Film, Arte
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language German
colouration colour