Closed Season (Endeder Schonzeit)

, , 2012

Winner of the 2012 Audience Award at Germany’s Lunen Festival and the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival.

Screening at Berlinale earlier this year, this is a suspense-filled tale of love, desperation and jealousy by German filmmaker Franziska Schlotter. In 1942 Fritz (Hans-Jochen Wagner) and Emma (Brigitte Hobmeier) are hiding Albert (Christian Friedel), a Jewish refugee, at their remote farm in the Black Forest. Since his marriage with Emma has remained childless, Fritz uses the situation to suggest an unorthodox arrangement: He asks Albert to sleep with his wife and conceive a child on his behalf. The consequences are dramatic. Emma’s sexuality is awakened, Fritz’s jealousy threatens to destroy him and Albert is trapped between the two. Against the background of war Closed Season is an unpredictable drama that turns offenders into victims and vice versa.

104 min/ German (English subtitles)

Director — Franziska Schlotter

Category — Drama and Desire