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Before We Grow Old
Directed by Thomas Moritz Helm
Germany/93 min/ German with English Subtitles
with short film
Lavender directed by Matthew Puccini
Before We Grow Old: Summer in Berlin. Two Berliners, Maria and Niels, and one British student, Chloë, are three twenty-somethings. Drifting libidinously through Berlin, they plunge headlong into a carefree and chaotic love affair with each other. Boisterously living life to the full, they grasp everything and anything they please. Their only compass seems to be the pleasure they experience together – which works perfectly well until Chloë unintentionally falls pregnant. Insecurity and anger, jealousy and doubt now break out. An abortion is planned, and rejected. Who is allowed to have a say, and when, and about what? Their unusual trinity dissolves and their once balanced relationship mutates into shifting constellations of two – until it seems it might be possible to restore a precarious equilibrium, at least for a moment. Is their utopia within reach or is this just the calm before the storm? To love differently is hard work. The world is not prepared for Maria, Niels and Chloë. And neither are they.
Lavender:What started off as a casual hookup has quickly evolved into something far more intimate, leaving Andy to navigate Arthur and Lucas’ dreamy lifestyle and marriage. Lavender is a tender, poignant look at an unconventional relationship as it blossoms and ultimately unravels.