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Lara Lara

Jan Ole Gerster / Germany / 2019 / 98 min / German

Written by Slovenian screenwriter and filmmaker Blaž Kutin, Lara takes a penetrating look at a complex mother-son relationship. Winner of two prizes at the Karlovy Vary FF.

festivals, awards Karlovy Vary 2019 (/Best Actress, Special Prize of the Jury), Munich 2019 (FIPRESCI Prize)

IMDb

It's Lara's 60th birthday, and she has every reason to celebrate: this evening, her son Viktor will be giving the most important piano concert of his career. Lara was, after all, the one who'd mapped out and driven his musical career. Yet Viktor has been unreachable for weeks and nothing indicates that Lara will be welcome at his debut performance. Without further ado, she buys up all the remaining tickets and hands them out to everyone she meets. The more Lara strives to make the evening successful, however, the more events get out of control.

"The farther Gerster goes with Lara Jenkins, the more we come to understand the depth and source of her damage. She is not unlike the sadomasochistic character Isabelle Huppert played in Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher, who destroyed a young musician's prospects by placing shards of glass in her victim's coat pockets. But the damage Lara inflicts here is entirely psychological, and Gerster's approach is nowhere near as icy. There is, in fact, a warmth beneath the surface, emanating both from the filmmaker's faith in the character and from the actress herself /.../." (Peter Debruge, Variety)

Jan-Ole Gerster
Born in 1978, in Hagen, Germany. After working for several years for the German film production company X-Filme Creative Pool he studied screenwriting and direction at the Berlin Film Academy. In 2010, he attained instant recognition with his debut film, A Coffee in Berlin. It was released to cinemas in over 20 countries and won numerous national and international awards.

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