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WHATEVER HAPPENS NEXT

by Julian Pörksen

synopsis

Sure, you could just up and leave. Right now. Just get out of the car, get off the train or the bike and you’re gone. One day 43-year-old Paul Zeise decides to give in to this thought that most people would quickly dismiss. He leaves it all behind: his wife, his job, his entire middle-class existence. From this moment on, he saunters about the country, a friendly good-for-nothing, scrounger and con man. This sees him climb into cars unbidden, gatecrash parties and funerals, collude with a grandmother with dementia and unintentionally scare the living daylights out of one small family by shamelessly barging his way into their life. Hitching a lift to Poland with a student, he wanders homelessly about the streets and temporarily moves into a hospital before falling in love with the slightly loopy Nele (29) who in turn draws him into the wonderland that is her life. Paul has no idea that his wife has hired a private detective who is now hot on his heels.

original title: Whatever Happens Next
country: Germany, Poland
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Julian Pörksen
film run: 97'
screenplay: Julian Pörksen
cast: Sebastian Rudolph, Lilith Stangenberg, Peter René Lüdicke, Christine Hoppe, Eike Weinreich, Henning Peker, Niels Bohrmann, Eva Löbau, Hanns Zischler, Monika Lennartz
cinematography by: Carol Burandt von kameke
film editing: Carlotta Kittel
art director: Marie Gimpel
costumes designer: Rebekka Stange
music: Mahan Mobashery
producer: Stefan Gieren
co-producer: Agnieszka Dziedzic
executive producer: Albert Schwinges
production: The StoryBay UG, Koi Studio