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by Christina Ebelt


Forced into homelessness, Melli, a single mother, takes her son Ben to a forest. There they build a makeshift camp, set back from the paths so that no one can find them. They think this solution is only temporary. Melli firmly believes their lives will improve soon, a feeling that is strengthened when she is employed as a trainee flight attendant. Unlike Melli, Ben actually enjoys the exciting camp trip. Life under difficult conditions further strengthens the bond between mother and son. Still, nobody must know about their homelessness, for Melli fears the authorities might take Ben away from her. Melli makes an enormous effort every day to fight her way out of this desperate situation. But her search for an apartment brings only humiliation, and when her struggle begins to seem futile, with added pressure coming from the youth welfare office and her employer, she is completely overwhelmed. She can no longer stop what she had tried to prevent under all circumstances. For the good of her child, she has to make the most difficult decision of her life.

international title: Stars above us
original title: Sterne über uns
country: Germany
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Christina Ebelt
film run: 102'
release date: DE 14/11/2019
screenplay: Christina Ebelt, Franziska Krentzien
cast: Franziska Hartmann, Claudio Magno, Kai Ivo Baulitz, Nicole Johannhanwahr, Davina Donaldson, Elias Reichert
cinematography by: Bernhard Keller
film editing: Florian Riegel
art director: Jochen Dehn
costumes designer: Eugenia Giesbrecht
music: Benjamin Drees
producer: Harry Flöter, Jakob Ilja, Regina Jorissen
production: 2Pilots Filmproduction
distributor: Real Fiction Filmverleih
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