ALIASDocumentary, Germany 2009
CategoryKids & Family, Society
Runtime: 80 min./58 min.
Director: Jens Junker
Production: Walker + Worm
A fascinating account of a man who grew up in apparently idyllic circumstances as part of a strictly religious German family. Never really registering that his appearance seems different to his brothers. He is in his twenties before his father reveals the truth of his son’s real identity in an argument. The family emerges as a structure of hypocrisy, its members as sillent guardians of secret knowledge. Years later the protagonist finds the courage to return to his childhood village, to speak with members of his family, and to subsequently travel to Lebanon, where he encounters a familiar-looking stranger.
Max Ophüls 2009/D, Montréal WFF (Official Selection)/CDN, Kinofest Lünen/D, Visions Du Réel-Nyon (Regards Neufs)/CH, Expresion en Corto IFF/Mexiko, Monterrey International Film Festival 2010/USA
Best Documentary Max Ophüls/D, Best Feature Film – Student Jury Lünen/D, Starter Filmpreis 2010/D, Winner of 6. HFF Filmschau/D