The Trouble With Being Born

The Trouble With Being Born

Original title: The Trouble With Being Born
Director: Sandra Wollner
Cast: Lena Watson, Dominik Warta, Ingrid Burkhard, Jana McKinnon, Simon Hatzl
Country: Austria, Germany
Year of production: 2020
Length (min): 94
Language: German
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Cercamon
Section: Panorama: New Currents
Sponsors: Velvyslanectví Spolkové Republiky Německo, Rakouské kulturní fórum v Praze, Goethe-Institut Tschechien

Ten-year-old Elli is quite an unusual girl at first glance. Because she is an android all her memories are connected to one person: a mysterious man whom she calls “dad”. She spends most of her time with him – until the man mysteriously disappears and leaves her at the mercy of fate. Shortly afterwards, the girl gets a new family and new memories. Will she be able to stay true to herself, or will the new owners bring a new Elli to life? What is her identity actually based on, and can she preserve it?

Sandra Wollner

The native of Austria and a graduate of documentary film at Film Academy Baden-Würrtemberg made her mark with her directorial debut The Impossible Picture (2016), which won the German Film Critics’ Award. Her second feature film successfully premiered in the new Berlin competition section Encounters where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize.

With support

Velvyslanectví Spolkové Republiky Německo
Rakouské kulturní fórum v Praze
Goethe-Institut Tschechien

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