“Pinske delivers a first feature which subtly conveys a profound and well-rounded reflection on sexism and social determinism, without pontificating.” - Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa

Saturday, March 25, 7pm | Clara is a philosophy teacher in Berlin who has come a long way from her unremarkable upbringing in provincial East Germany. Forty years old, Clara struggles with feeling like an imposter in her professional life and an outsider in her personal life - which includes an affair with one of her students, and a strained relationship with her teen daughter. On the occasion of her mother’s 60th birthday, Clara returns home, a journey that forces her to examine her career in an overwhelmingly male-dominated field and her desire to rise above her family’s social class. Annika Pinske’s debut feature is a delightfully funny and thoughtful portrait of what it means to live an unfettered, self-determined life.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Best First Feature Award, Berlin Film Festival
Nominee - Directors' Week Award, Brussels International Film Festival

Chicago European Union Film Festival: A celebration of emerging voices and a showcase of provocative perspectives from across the European Union. We welcome you to country hop with us all March long. Regardless of the country of origin, every film in the 26th Chicago European Union Film Festival has been chosen for you, our Chicago audience. We invite you to see the world on our screens. View full festival here.

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