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Aren't You Happy?

Susanne HEINRICH

  • Germany
  • 2019
  • Asian Premiere
  • 81min
  • 18 +
  • DCP
  • color
  • Fiction

A girl called melancholy girl roams through the city and encounters various people. The film is post-modern black comedy, which examines the heroine across 15 such meetings. She meets young mothers who celebrate motherhood religiously and an abstinent existentialist for whom “sex is just another market.” Then, she waits for the end of capitalism in a bar. Her attempt to write a book doesn’t make it beyond the first sentence of the second chapter, and finds no space between art galleries, yoga studios and the beds of strangers.
Susanne HEINRICH reflects disagreements and alienation of this generation through the main character. Instead of trying to fit in, she exposes the irrationalities of the world and starts regarding her depression as a political issue. That means she can be creatively at odds with the world, so the melancholy girl is a symbol of feminists in this post-modern society. The film breaks down male orientated cinematic customs, which is an independent reproduction of gender. From camerawork to mise-en-scène, Aren’t You Happy? clarifies anti-capitalism and feminism views. [HONG Soin]

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Director

  • Susanne HEINRICH
    Susanne HEINRICH, a vicar’s daughter from East Germany, wrote 4 books between the ages of 19 and 25 (most recently Amerikanische Gefühle, Dumont 2011). She was nominated for the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Prize as well as receiving fellowships at Villa Aurora L.A. and Casa Baldi Olevano Romano (Villa Massimo). She sings in various bands and has pursued a variety of artistic projects. With her first short film she was accepted into the German Film and Television Academy (dffb). Following several experiments, Aren’t You Happy? is her first feature film.

Credit

  • ProducerJana KREISSL
  • Cast Marie RATHSCHECK
  • Screenwriter Susanne HEINRICH
  • Cinematographer Agnesh PAKOZDI
  • Art director Jeanne LOUET, Miren OLLER, Nora WILLY

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