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Anne Zohra Berrached Tackles A Subject
Matter Not Yet Seen In The German Cinema

Anne Zohra Berrached
Beta Cinema holds the worldwide rights to the second feature of director/writer Anne Zohra Berrached, 24 Weeks, starring multiple award-winning German actress Julia Jentsch. Anne Zohra Berrached's first feature Two Mothers won the Dialogue in Perspective Award at Berlinale 2013.

24 Weeks was produced by Thomas Kufus, Melanie Berke, and Tobias Büchner for zero one film in co-production with ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

The producing team states: "Anne Zohra Berrached confronts a topic which has not yet been told in German cinema. Together with her main cast, Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Mädel, she created a strong, visceral drama through the integration of fiction and realism. We are proud be invited to present 24 Weeks in the context of the International Competition of the Berlinale and we are very pleased that the great achievement by Anne and her team receives this recognition and appreciation."

24 Weeks - Julia Jentsch, Johanna Gastdorf © Friede Clausz
24 Weeks, written by Anne Zohra Berrached, and Carl Gerber and tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid (Julia Jentsch), who at six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Mädel) have a choice, but little time… With a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Ultimately only she who is bearing the child can take this weighty decision. What will she do? Who decides whether the child will have a life worth living?

With breathtaking radiance and intensity, Julia Jentsch plays a woman of today who is nearly driven to madness by a decision that is practically impossible to make. Behind his casual exterior, Bjarne Mädel depicts the husband at her side with great fragility. The narrative leads the couple from the spotlights to loneliness, as everyday life appears increasingly unreal and banal; at some point it becomes clear that there is no right or wrong, and that medical progress sometimes forces us to decide between life and death.

Julia Jentsch is one of Germany's most renowned actresses, first being recognized internationally for her lead in The Edukators (Cannes Competition 2004). Among her awards Jentsch was honored with the European Film Award and the German Film Award for her role as the quiet but determined resistance fighter Sophie Scholl, with a Silver Bear for Best Actress.

24 Weeks Screens in Competition Feb 14th 19:00 Belinale Palast.


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