North American premiere
Camera Lucida Live

Time of Moulting

Directed by Sabrina Mertens

Sun August 23, 2020
9:30 PM

Festival Scope
PRESENTED WITH Ferine

Thu August 27, 2020
5:00 PM

Festival Scope
PRESENTED WITH Ferine

Credits  

Official selection

Max Ophüls Film Festival, Rotterdam International film Festival

Director

Sabrina Mertens

Writer

Sabrina Mertens

Cast

Freya Kreutzkam, Miriam Schiweck, Zelda Espenschied, Bernd Wolf

Cinematographer

Jan Fabi

Editor

Marco Rottig

contact

Media Luna New Films

Germany 2020 81 mins OV German Subtitles : English
Genre Drama

After the August 27th screening, join us at 6:30pm for a live Q&A with Director Sabrina Mertens

Germany in the 1970s. Stephanie is a lively child, enjoys board games, playdates with neighbours, and holidays with the family. But her life takes an increasing turn towards isolation at the hands of her absent, temperamental father and a mentally unstable, often bedridden mother trapped in world of her own making. Something is quietly rotting away under the surface of familial life, and soon, the days turn into weeks, the weeks into months, the months into years… bringing aging, clutter, decay, but no future in sight. Strange rituals abound and the outhouse – where the family keeps their boxes of memories and secrets – exerts a growing influence. So Stephanie retreats into a dark world of barbaric fantasies...

An entrancing debut (made at the Baden-Württemberg film school in Ludwigsburg!) and one of the major discoveries from this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival, Sabrina Mertens’ TIME OF MOULTING unfolds as series of beautifully planned shots; a films composed of dense, domestic still lives, intricate tableaux vivants – all beautifully rendered in earthy, amber hues – which slowly morph into a disturbing portrait of one woman’s steady descent into darkness. A triumph of production design, of creeping dread, anticipation and meticulous mise-en-scène, it is an ambitious film: nothing less than the chronicle of the undoing of a mind, of the pain of isolation, trauma, and of the invisible mold that grabs hold of a household, from childhood and beyond. Equally sublime and crushing, and not for the faint of heart. – Ariel Esteban Cayer

Showings

Sun August 23, 2020
9:30 PM

Festival Scope
PRESENTED WITH Ferine

Thu August 27, 2020
5:00 PM

Festival Scope
PRESENTED WITH Ferine