FAMILY LIFE (FAMILIENLEBEN) + Q&A
Dir. Rosa Hanna Ziegler, Germany, 2018, 94 mins
On an isolated farm in Eastern Germany, Biggi lives with her two teenage daughters, her violent former husband and an assortment of dogs, cats and other animals. With an empathic, intimate perspective, the film observes her as she balances the demands of agricultural work with the desire to build a home for her daughters. Immersing us in the complexities of the family’s relationships and their attempts to communicate with each other, this sensitive observational work offers a portrait of the difficulties and dreams of individuals living together in a remote, rural environment. Through its careful attention to the rhythms and details of the everyday, the film offers a nuanced reflection on love, violence and social inequality.