Additional Film Info
Flare Film in co-production with Basis Berlin Filmproduktion and Cine Plus Filmproduktion
Synopsis & Trailer
★★★★★ “German director Julia Langhof’s fresh-faced debut is a dynamic story about coming of age as part of a privileged online generation.” Variety
★★★★★ “A thriller about how digital media affect the development of young people’s identity; about a process in which the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds are slowly becoming blurred.” Cineuropa
Karl is about to take his high school diploma, his future lies ahead of him. His father is an architect, his mother a former singer who spends all her time on the computer with role playing games. They are liberals, so the sky’s the limit for their kids. Karl’s ambitious sister Anna already knows she’s moving to Canada to study “International communications”. Paul, his best friend, wants to marry his childhood sweetheart and start a family. Karl finds this ludicrous – and sees in his parents’ world an ill omen of his own future.
Karl spends most of his time on the Internet, running a blog ‘The Language of Many Others’ he collects photographs and videos, compiling them into series. He will take snapshots of his own family having dinner, for example, and incorporate them into a series of similar photographs of other families from all over the world. Is identity just an illusion? Many people reading his blog ask themselves this very question as they become his “followers”.
When Karl falls in love with Doro, the daughter of the Senate building director, he thinks he finally knows what he wants. Doro is also taken with her opinionated and rebellious classmate. But Karl’s luck is short lived and Doro loses interest: this was just a fling to her. For Karl, one thing is clear now: nothing is true, everything is random.
Now disillusioned, he starts playing a dangerous game. His “followers” take increasingly more control of his life, making decisions for him, and eventually ruling over matters of life and death. Only at the last moment does Karl understand that he cannot step back from his own life because he has a responsibility towards the people who matter to him.
Julia was born 1981 in Berlin. She lived in New York and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre from 2001 – 2003. She moves to Berlin after and works as assistant director at various theatres. 2006 she starts studying film directing at the German Film and Television Academy dffb Berlin. Her shorts are screened at numerous international film festivals, such as the Hof International Film Festival or in Cannes. 2015 she shoots her first feature LOMO – THE LANGUAGE OF MANY OTHERS, which will be released in 2017. Julia is currently working on her next feature BONNIES RANCH.
Directors, Producers and Crew
Eva Kemme, Basis Berlin Filmproduktion GmbH
Co-Producers - Helge Neubronner, Cine+ Frank Evers, Cine+
Director - Julia Langhof
Screenplay - Thomas Gerhold, Julia Langhof
DoP - Michal Grabowski
Editors - Thomas Krause, Halina Daugird
Production Design - Stephan von Tresckow
Costume Design - Lea Søvsø
Sound - Magnus Pflüger
Music - Torsten Reibold
Production Manager - Maxim Juretzka
Comm Editors - Cooky Ziesche (rbb), Barbara Häbe (arte), Dagmar Mielke (rbb/arte)
Karl - Jonas Dassler
Doro - Lucie Hollmann
Anna - Eva Nürnberg
Paul - Karl Alexander Seidel
Krista - Marie-Lou Sellem
Michael - Peter Jordan
Traudel - Barbara Philipp
Gesine - Julika Jenkins
Gregor - Rainer Sellien
Zurich Film Festival
Warsaw Film Festival