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by Lisa Bierwirth


Monika is in her late forties and works as a freelance curator in Frankfurt. Her sharp tongue and witty comebacks often get her into trouble. When Monika unintentionally gets caught up in a raid near the train station, she makes the acquaintance of Josef, a Congolese businessman. He's about 38 years old, though neither he nor anyone else knows for sure. Josef is a diamond dealer and is looking for people to invest in a mine in Congo, but in the meantime he keeps himself afloat with various import/export ventures. He can speak five languages and is applying for asylum - though he constantly struggles against the stigmatization and bureaucratic obstacles he faces. Their coincidental encounter leads to a passionate love affair between two people whose lives could hardly be more different. And although they both believe they can fight the world together like "Bonnie and Clyde", a feeling of mutual mistrust gradually develops. Slowly but surely, their relationship turns into a battle ground for post-colonial conflicts.

international title: Prince
original title: Le Prince
country: Germany
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Lisa Bierwirth
film run: 125'
release date: DE 30/09/2021
screenplay: Johannes Held, Lisa Bierwirth
cast: Ursula Strauss, Passi Balende
cinematography by: Jenny Lou Ziegel
film editing: Bettina Böhler
art director: Marie-Luise Balzer
costumes designer: Sandra Ernst
producer: Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade
production: Komplizen Film
distributor: Port-Au-Prince Pictures GmbH

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