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THE BEGINNER – (DIE ANFÄNGERIN) 

Saturday, November 3, 4:50 PM
Sunday, November 4, 4:20 PM



Director:
Alexandra Sell
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Runtime: 98 minutes
Language: German with English subtitles

Director Alexandra Sells is scheduled to present the film and participate in a post-film Q&A for both screenings.

At the age of 58, Annebärbel has become as cold as a block of ice. As a doctor, she shows little compassion, and as a wife, little affection. Only her domineering mother elicits human emotions from her—and negative ones at that. But everything starts to change when Annebärbel’s husband abruptly leaves her and she is forced to take stock of her life. In the process, she makes a journey deep into her past and attempts to revive her childhood dream, abandoned years earlier, of becoming a figure skater. With wobbly, tentative legs, she steps back into the rink for the first time in decades. Enlisting the help of a young woman who is a top athlete, a group of older amateur skaters, and even the 1974 World Figure Skating Champion, Christine Stüber-Errath, Annebärbel begins to open up and emancipate herself from her mother and her own icy ways. ~ Riverrun International Film Festival

Principal Cast: Ulrike Krumbiegel, Annekathrin Bürger, Maria Rogozina, Rainer Bock, Christine Stüber-Errath

Writer: Alexandra Sell
Producer: Martin Heisler, Gabriele Simon
Cinematographer: Kolja Raschke
Editor: Halina Daugird, Vessela Martschewski, Alexandra Sell
Music: Mick O'Reilly, Cassis Birgit Staudt

Official Trailer: