Barbara Sukowa (Katerina Jones) stars as Nina in TWO OF US (Deux). Nina and Madeleine (Martine Chevallier), are two retired women who have secretly been in love with one another for decades. To everyone else (including Madeleine’s family) they are simply neighbours living on the top floor of their building. They come and go between their separate apartments, but are effectively living together. Then, one day, an unexpected event leads Madeleine’s daughter to deduce the truth about them, and Madeleine is snatched away from Nina. The landing that separates their apartments turns into a bottomless pit that they will try to bridge at any cost, just to be together again. TWO OF US is Italian filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti‘s first feature, and will have its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Sukowa is also Philippa in the Wolfgang Groos comedy ENKEL FÜR ANFÄNGER (Grandson for Beginners), about two pensioners, Karin (Maren Kroymann) and Gerhard (Heiner Lauterbach), who have little to do since their children moved away, and are not in the mood for conventional seniors’ activities. They get some inspiration from Philippa, who is living as a “godfather granny”. Karin and Gerhard go on a quest to find godchild grandchildren of their own, and the not-so-young beginners must deal with hyperactive siblings, helicopter parents, and single moms with Tinder profiles. Written by Robert Lohr, ENKEL FÜR ANFÄNGER completed filming in North Rhine-Westphalia in June and will be released in Germany on 19 March. Continue reading →