Our last screening of this semester is a “no-budget”-comedy by young German director Axel Ranisch


2012, 76 min, dir. Axel Ranisch, starring Ruth Bickelhaupt, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, German with English subtitles


TIME: 5.00 p.m.

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251

As usual at the last film show we’ll have a Bring and Share before and during the screening.


Edeltraut is an elderly German woman with Alzheimers, but as imagined by writer/director Axel Ranisch (and exquisitely played by charming 89-year-old Ruth Bickelhaupt) her existence is far from tragic. She lives a playful, childlike existence, imagining things that must be done or that she would like to do and getting gently reined in by her middle-aged banker son Sven (Heiko Pinkowski) and her caretaker Daniel (Peter Trabner). Son and mother share their lives, their flat and even the bed. During the day Sven works at a bank and Daniel looks after his mother. He accompanies her to the hairdresser, they go shopping or for a walk and Daniel keeps the flat tidy. One day, Edeltraut locks Sven on the balcony and goes for a walk into town on her own. Both men desperately start to look for the old woman. They do not only find her, but also an affection for each other that creates confusion in their lives.

Shot on a simple DV camera with improvised dialog, Heavy Girls has a naturalistic look that could almost pass for documentary, yet there’s a subtle cartoon quality to Edeltraut’s accidentally punk-rock hair and Sven’s thick, oversized eyewear, not to mention a pair of very round male bellies.

For further details please contact

Dr Marion Pape

German Programme

Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za

Tel: 031-260 1086 

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