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ELLA & NELL

by Aline Chukwuedo

synopsis

Two women, friends in the middle of their lives. But the business of everyday has kept them at a distance. Now they want to reconnect with something that once was, but is no longer. One of the women has made herself comfortable in a neoliberal life and lifestyle, the other has become lost pursuing an academic career without a future. Decisions have been made. While on a walking holiday together in the Czech mountains it is not only the near-impassable terrain that keeps pulling them off their joint route, but also jealousy, fear and shame. Ella & Nell is a gentle, nostalgically funny story about friendship and inexorable decay.

international title: Ella & Nell
original title: Ella und Nell
country: Germany
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Aline Chukwuedo
screenplay: Sabina Gröner, Aline Chukwuedo
cast: Kirsten Schlüter, Stephanie Petrowitz, Christian Martin Schäfer, Alexander Wolf, Ruth Bickelhaupt
cinematography by: Sebastian Lempe
film editing: Benjamin Laser
producer: Ibrahim-Utku Erdogan
co-producer: Kordula Hildebrandt, Marco Nieschka
line producer: Andreas Louis
production: Deutsche Film & Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), Hildebrandt Film

main awards/selection

Rotterdam 2018Bright Future Competition
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