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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

All About Me

Der Junge muss an die frische Luft

2018, Caroline Link, Germany, 96 min.
With Julius Weckauf, Luise Heyer

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 13th 2:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 15th 3:00pm

Oscar-winning director Link (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) scored the biggest German box-office hit of the year with this episodic childhood memoir of comedy star and best-selling author Hape Kerkeling. Beginning in the Ruhr Valley in the early 1970s, ALL ABOUT ME (the original German title translates as THE BOY NEEDS FRESH AIR) roots Kerkeling's development in his family life —as he says, "I'm all this: my mother, father, grandparents, aunts, and uncles." Pudgy and redheaded, nine-year-old Hape (Weckauf) soon learns that comedy is a useful tool for dealing with all sorts of things —embarrassment, bullies, and even tragedy, when a botched operation sends his mother (Heyer) into a spiral of depression. His penchant for drag serves to express his emerging gayness (as one grandmother euphemizes, "He'll always be a bachelor"). After his mother 's death, his upbringing is taken over by his doting grandparents, who have to prove their competence to the child-welfare authorities. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Chicago. (MR)

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