Hans-Christian Schmid makes a strong impression at the Berlinale with new film Home for the Weekend

Hans-Christian Schmid makes a strong impression at the Berlinale with new film Home for the Weekend

Former LUX Prize runner Hans-Christian Schmid, whose previous movie Sturm was part of the 2009 LUX Competition, presented his new feature film at the 62nd Berlinale.
 
This week proves to be eventful for former LUX Prize contenders as Home for the Weekend's positive reception echoes Kornél Mundruczó's election as President of the Jury for the Competition of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
 
Leaving genre cinema - as in Sturm - for an observation on German modern family, Hans-Christian Schmid is gathering strong reviews and will hopefully be part of the Berlin Film Festival prizewinners on Saturday. Read more about Home for the Weekend in Cineuropa's review of the film:
 
 
Home for the Weekend: the portrait of a modern family
by Bénédicte Prot
 
15/02/2012 - Even when he treads on a new path, films by German director Hans-Christian Schmid are decidedly always impeccable. After Storm, a legal thriller that doubles as a psychological drama, the director (and producer via his company 23/5) suggested to his scriptwriter Bernd Lange in their third collaboration that they work on a project revolving around a familiar situation instead of an unusual intrigue. Indeed, Home for the Weekend, screened during the competition in Berlin, is about something to which everybody can easily relate: today’s family.
 
Even if it is not the first film about an ordinary family reunion in German cinema and even if the film’s clean-cut decor is reminiscent of a German interior design catalogue, the Heidtmann family’s composition, played by a brilliant troop of actors, corresponds to a modern family diagram that is quite universal. There are the parents/grandparents who are still far from being old, and their children, who depend more on the generation above than their parents at the same age, yet are their equals as they already have their own children. (Here, they call their parents, their children’s grandparents, by their first names.)
 
Go to Cineuropa to read the full review and watch the trailer.