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by Hannah Schweier


Battering, breading, frying - Berta has prepared thousands of schnitzels in her old cast-iron pan over the years. This 83-year-old landlady's life on the family farm with adjoining guest house in the Oberpfalz has been marked by constant hard work. A life that her granddaughters Monika and Hannah never wanted to lead. Now, the deeply indebted farm is on the brink of collapse. Despite having an academic background and contrary to her intentions, Monika, in her early thirties, decides to give up her modern life and save the family business. The two women join forces and give themselves a year to sort out the farm's problems. The director Hannah Schweier accompanies their endeavour, as Berta and Monika are also the filmmaker's grandmother and sister, respectively. Schweier both tells the story and allows it to unfold while sensitively capturing the arduous everyday life on the farm. She uses her own family history as an opportunity to reflect on dreams, on getting older and letting go. A remarkably intimate and melancholic view of life.

original title: 80.000 Schnitzel
country: Germany
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Hannah Schweier
film run: 102'
screenplay: Hannah Schweier
cinematography by: Stefanie Reinhard
film editing: Romy Steyer
music: Ella Zwietnig
producer: Stefan Sporbert
production: Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion
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