Coming off the back of an acclaimed showcase at the Berlin Film Festival Home for the Weekend, directed by iconoclastic German filmmaker Hans Christian Schmid (Requiem) arrives in Edinburgh with high expectations. And it doesn’t disappoint. Sticking to similar themes explored in his previous works Schmid has a crafted an elegant and stylish film that taps into the physiological mind set of an upper middle class suburban family. When Berlin based writer Marko (Lars Eidinger) returns home with his 10 year old son Zowie (Egon Merten) to see his parents and his older dentist brother (Sebastain Zimmler) things take a turn for the worse when matriarch Gitte (Corinna Harfouch) who’s been battling depression for decades announces plans to come off her medication. What follows is an exquisitely played out meditation on grief and regret. Home for the Weekend is first and foremost an intimate character study. Each member of the family is gifted with plenty of space to breathe and develop allowing the actor’s a wonderful opportunity to craft fully rounded portrayals. There’s definitely an air of Bergman about Schmid’s film, the ways in which the mental states of the characters are ruthlessly examined until each reach their own breaking point and explode. The tasteful exterior of affluent European life is smashed to pieces here. As the cracks start to break through the surface and long kept secrets begin to make themselves known the film takes on elements of a thriller as Gitte wakes up one morning, sets the table […]
Urban Artist Florian Tuercke has teamed up with the arebyte gallery for an exciting new venture. The London Structural Sound Project will transform Hackney Wick, East London into a hub of high density public microphones, with your help. It’s a participatory public art project. To learn more about how to get involved click here.