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Once Were Rebels
Once Were Rebels depicts two urban, liberal couples in their 30s who decide to help a Russian friend escape to Austria. Pavel, a dissident, is in very real difficulties. Though initially thrilled by this adventure, the Austrians soon find the very foundations of their friendships and relationships are threatened – mainly because this kind of help can be understood in different ways, but also because the man they rescue refuses to behave as the helpers feel he should.
|Language spoken:||German, Russian, English|
|Key cast:||Julia Jentsch, Manuel Rubey, Aenne Schwarz, Marcel Mohab|
|Producers:||Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser|
September 29, 2019Zurich (Focus Competition)
|Awards (selection):||Ecumenical Award (Zurich), Max Ophüls Best Director Award (Saarbrücken), Thomas Pluch Script Award|
Zürich FF 2019 with Johanna Moder's ONCE WERE REBELS
There’s no escape to normality. Once again, Johanna Moder draws a witty portrait of her own generation, who fail to conciliate a cosmopolitan outlook with narcissistic needs. ONCE WERE REBELS has been selected for the FOCUS Competition, together with LILLIAN and SEA OF SHADOWS, two additional Austrian contenders. Marie Kreutzer (The Ground Beneath My Feet) is part of the FOCUS Competition jury
«Suppress, suppress, suppress!»
There is no escaping normality. In ONCE WERE REBELS Johanna Moder takes a subtle look at the process by which even the beautiful lives of urbane people in their mid-30s are infiltrated by petty bourgeois attitudes. Her second feature film is another witty portrait of her own generation, struggling doggedly for alternative lifestyles as well as optimal versions of themselves… only to end up creating selves which are crippled by insufficiencies.