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I Was at Home, But...

Ich war zuhause, aber…

2019, Angela Schanelec, Germany, 105 min.
With Maren Eggert, Franz Rogowski

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 28th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 28th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 29th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Mar 1st 2:30pm
  • Mon, Mar 2nd 7:45pm
  • Wed, Mar 4th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 5th 8:30pm
First Chicago run!

"A cumulatively brilliant achievement...it's clear that we're in the hands of a modern master."—Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Even more so than Godard's, Schanelec's cinema concentrates on the 'visual' part of the medium. It is the best kind of cinema I can think of."—Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy

Associated with the Berlin School movement that also includes Christian Petzold (TRANSIT) and Maren Ade (TONI ERDMANN), director Schanelec has been slower to achieve widespread recognition. Her unconventional, austerely beautiful style is often compared to Bresson's, although the deadpan, delayed-reaction humor of Aki Kaurismäki seems just as relevant. Winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin and high on many year-end Top Ten lists, I WAS AT HOME, BUT... is considered her most accessible film to date. The film centers on Astrid (Eggert), a stressed-out Berlin mother struggling to cope with life following her husband's death and the week-long disappearance of her 13-year-old son. This central narrative is enriched, complicated, and expanded through Schanelec's unpredictable use of digressions, subplots, time-shifts, and ellipses, including a school production of Hamlet, pastoral scenes with a dog and a donkey, a lengthy rant on the artificiality of acting in cinema, and an extended dispute over the purchase of a defective bicycle. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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