One of my favorite Cannes film this year was Barbet Schroeder‘s “Amnesia,” which screened Out of Competition. International sales are being handled by Les Films du Losange. U.S. Rights are still available!
The story –
Ibiza, Spanish coast, the early nineties.
Jo (Max Riemelt) is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution,
ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia.
Martha (Marthe Keller) has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him.
They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. As
Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question.
At a family gathering his grandad (Bruno Ganz) tells him once again long familiar war stories of his life as a WW2 German soldier but this time shocking
details emerge from his reminiscences that challenge all the Germans present to examine their own recollections and involvement in Germany’s past.
This film works on several levels, all of which involve different people’s varying recollections and opinions of their common national past.
A love affair develops between an older woman and much younger man who have very different ideas of the relationship. They are both very accomplished
musicians, composers who view music quite differently – and wonderful things happen.
Lastly the Germans of all ages here view their country and its history in their lives (and before and after) completely differently.
Shot on the idyllic Spanish eastern coast this film examines profound subjects in a dramatically coherent intelligent way. Bravo Barbet!