Wednesday, March 1st
@ Squeaky Wheel
General $7 | Free for Squeaky Wheel Members
Starting Cultivate Cinema Circle’s series dedicated to the essential filmmaker Christian Petzold, The State I Am In depicts a teenager (Julia Hummer) who travels back to Germany with her fugitive parents (Barbara Auer, Richy Müller), former terrorists in need of money. For 15 years now, the parents have been leading an underground existence, hiding among the anonymous tourists on the beaches of Portugal. They have broken a taboo: they have conceived a daughter. A girl who has never swapped clothes with her friends, never skipped classes in school, camped out at lakes, got drunk and broken off with her boyfriend in ice-cream parlours. A girl who is alone.
The parents are just about to establish some sort of legal identity for themselves in Brazil, when a slight negligence causes everything to fall apart around them. And again they are on the run, which brings them back to Germany. Meanwhile, their daughter has fallen in love. A love which will lead to a tragedy and destroy the family.
The State I Am In / 2001 / 106 min / digital / Germany
Throughout 2017, Cultivate Cinema Circle, in collaboration with Squeaky Wheel and the Goethe Institute Boston, will be presenting a monthly series dedicated to the essential German filmmaker Christian Petzold. A graduate of the renowned German Film and Television Academy (dffb), who often collaborated with his fellow alum Harun Farocki, Petzold has established a critical, vital cinema since beginning his career in the early 90s.