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BERLINALE 2013 Panorama / Germany

Lose Your Head: A Spaniard in Berlin

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- Stefan Westerwelle's second fiction feature, Lose Your Head, premiered in the Panorama sidebar of the Berlinale

Lose Your Head: A Spaniard in Berlin

A lanky and apparently fearless Spaniard (Fernando Tielve) goes to Berlin on a whim after a fight with his boyfriend in Lose Your Head [+see also:
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, the second fiction feature of Stefan Westerwelle after his moving debut, While You Are Here. The film was written by Patrick Schuckmann, who also gets a co-director credit.

Lose Your Head is part of the Panorama sidebar of the Berlin Film Festival, currently underway in the German capital, and is also part of the selection of films in the running for the Teddy Award for best queer-themed film.

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Like many a backpacker before him, Luis (Tielve) comes to Berlin to party and do drugs in the city's numerous discos. Though the club scene has been portrayed countless times before on-screen, Westerwelle finds the right tone of ecstasy and some humour - especially a scene that finds him locked in in a stranger's apartment - that make the early going play like gangbusters.

During this drawn-out moment of euphoria, Luis runs into a mysterious Ukrainian clubber, Viktor (Marko Mandic), with whom he falls in love, though the bearded man, who's in Berlin illegally, seems somehow connected to the disappearance of the brother of a Greek girl (Sesede Terziyan), Dimitri, a boy who happens to look a lot like Luis.

What follows could be interpreted in various ways: Is something shady going on and is Viktor behind it or is Luis just having a very bad trip caused by too much drugs? The film's second half plays with various possibilities though Westerwelle seems to have a hard time to really make up his mind.

The film was produced by Hamburg-based Mutter-Film Produktions and is sold internationally by Paris-based sales agent Reel Suspects.

 

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