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by Gregor Schnitzler


Fourteen-year-old Ada, expelled from her previous school for fighting, arrives at Bonn’s Ernst Bloch High School. An intelligent girl who prefers her own company, she has problems with her bourgeois schoolmates. The only people she respects are the elderly history teacher Höfi, who is able to challenge her fierce intellect, and the young Polish sports teacher, Mr. Smutek, who encourages her passion for running. When a new student, 18-year-old Alev, arrives at the school, Ada is attracted by his cool. Multi-ethnic Alev lives with his mother Amila and is friends with Grüttel, Tom and Bastian, who are his own age and live in a residential unit that is part of the school. Ada feels herself also drawn to Alev in a physical way, but Alev, not without self-awareness, tells her he is impotent. Nonetheless, the two gradually grow closer and Ada falls in love. Eventually, Alev explains to her his theory of the “gaming instinct", which views people as characters in a game and their behaviour as gaming moves...

international title: Gaming Instinct
original title: Spieltrieb
country: Germany
sales agent: TM International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Gregor Schnitzler
film run: 102'
release date: DE 10/10/2013, AT 11/10/2013, CH 02/01/2014
screenplay: Kathrin Richter, Jürgen Schlagenhof
cast: Michelle Barthel, Jannik Schümann, Maximilian Brückner, Richy Müller, Ulrike Folkerts, Sophie von Kessel, Helmut Berger
cinematography by: Andreas Berger
film editing: Georg Söring
art director: Angelica Böhm
music: Gerd Baumann
producer: Markus Zimmer
production: Clasart Film & Fernsehproduktion
distributor: Concorde Filmverleih

main awards/selection

Montréal Film Festival 2013 

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