European Union Film Festival 2020
- All About Me
- Der Junge muss an die frische Luft
- Caroline Link
- European Union Film Festival 2020
- November 13, 2020 through November 14, 2020
Based on a famous life story and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa), All About Me is both a wildly entertaining and poignantly serious coming-of-age story about one of Germany’s most beloved comedians and television personalities, Hape Kerkeling. We begin in the Ruhr Valley in 1972. Hape is known then as Hans-Peter, a seemingly ordinary, slightly overweight nine-year-old. His home life, however, is anything but ordinary. His mother, having endured a botched surgical procedure, plunges into a deep depression that drives her to suicide. If this tragedy wasn’t enough, his shattered, despondent father decides to leave, putting Hans-Peter in the care of his two kindly and compassionate grandmothers. Their love and support make it possible for young Hans-Peter to find a way to survive the emotional trauma of his young life: humour. Little by little, he begins to explore his apparently natural (and vast) comedic talents to not only help heal his own wounds, but to make other people laugh, too. And so, from the heaviness and darkness of his childhood, Hans-Peter recognizes laughter to be an exciting and liberating escape route upon which to drive. Now that he has found the keys, he promptly puts them in the ignition. An inspiring tale of human resilience, All About Me is based on Kerkeling’s best-selling autobiography.
This virtual screening includes a pre-recorded Q&A with All About Me director Caroline Link.
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