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GERMANY | 80 minutes | 2019

In this utterly one-off début feature, Susanne Heinrich’s archetypal “melancholy girl” wanders the city in search of shelter. Po-faced and pensive, she engages in conversations with strangers in a series of encounters, lust-fuelled or otherwise. Over the course of 15 deadpan vignettes of varying degrees of absurdity, she tries to find herself in a world where nothing stays the same. Maternity, sexuality, coupledom and social conventions: Aren’t You Happy? is an existentialist comedy whose feminist discourse, offbeat, postmodern and fiercely of-the-moment, is served up as delectably kittenish kitsch.
CANADIAN PREMIERE

"Melancholy is a recurring theme, and yet this picture, with its playful sound design and uninhibited embrace of camp imagery, leaves an overriding sense of joy and mischief." Screen Daily

Berlin Film Festival

Rotterdam Film Festival

Programs

Thursday October 10, 2019

Program #20
20:10
Cineplex Odeon Quartier SALLE 17

Saturday October 12, 2019

Program #69
15:15
Cineplex Odeon Quartier SALLE 14

Susanne Heinrich

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distribution and credits

  • Camera Agnesh Pakozdi
  • Screenplay Susanne Heinrich
  • Producer Philippe Bober, Jana Kreissl
  • Cast Marie Rathscheck, Nicolo Pasetti, Monika Wiedemer

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