A Single Life

A Single Life

The motto of these seven films is “A Single Life. Condensed, evocative and moving, they tell stories about transience, loneliness and hope. They immerse us in a world in which one does not make it far without confidence and love. A dignified treatment and awareness of the elders of our society, was the driving force behind the curation of this exciting program. However, one is wrong in assuming that no smirk would be possible with this more melancholy subject matter.


Friday, 25. Mar 2022 // 18:00 Uhr @ Leerer Beutel Filmgalerie

Germany 2021, color, 7 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Johann Schilling, Maud Mascré, Tristan Schneider
Production: Tristan Schneider
Helga, a lonely pensioner, sits alone in front of her TV in the evening and peels potatoes. Surprisingly, the phone rings, although she hasn’t actually been called for a long time. It’s the Norba opinion research institute, which is conducting a survey on digital media consumption among students. Instead of hanging up, Helga follows an inner impulse and pretends to be a student.

Elephant Hearts
Germany 2021, black & white, 8 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Catharina Lott
Production: Nora Kilroy, Jonas Windgassen
When Charlotte meets her 76-year-old mother for the first time a few weeks after the corona lockdown, she has to witness the severe and irreparable consequences of the long isolation for her mother. Charlotte can only painfully experience that despite the lack of closeness in the past, moments of shared experience are possible.

I’m Here
Poland 2020, color, 15 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Julia Orlik
Production: Agata Golanska
An elderly man is looking after his paralyzed wife. Despite his old age and health problems he’s doing his best to relieve her suffering, which is getting worse day by day. His daughter helps him, trying to balance care with her work in the hospital and family life. Everyone has a different view on how to properly care for the sick, which often causes arguments.

Germany 2021, color, 23 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Louis Merki, Welf Reinhart
Production: Louis Merki
The older couple Monika and Werner lives in an apartment in the Munich suburbs. One day they get a termination due to intended owner occupation. The new landlord, a young mother, wants to move in by herself with her family. But the search for a new home is very hard for the elderly couple. When the bailiff conveys the eviction notice, the couple only got two more weeks to avoid the eviction.

A single Life
Netherlands 2014, color, 2 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Job, Joris & Marieke
Production: Job, Joris & Marieke
When Pia plays a mysterious record, she can suddenly travel through her life.

Germany 2021, color, 16 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Pauline Schläger
Production: Julius Nerlich
Recently widowed, the eccentric 74-year-old Lisbeth shows her longtime neighbour and friend Evelyn "how to grieve properly", but instead of admiration she receives a truth that truly hits home. Is this the end of the women’s’ bond – or can they find a common path beyond grief?

Germany 2020, color, 16 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Nicolas Kronauer
Production: Nora Simon
72 years old Hedwig falls in love with the Porsche of all walkers: The Ello E-Move 3000S. So sad she can not afford it. The moment a new one moves in the retirement home and just owns exactly this gem, Hedwig is ready for anything.