Bergig is the story of a love that cannot be. Jan is married with two children. Mona is 15 years younger. And yet they have fallen in love with each other. In a Tyrolean mountain hut, far from their daily lives, Mona and Jan try to find out what it is that they feel for each other. Whether and how they can be together. But reality catches up with both of them. Jan’s family is important to him and he is afraid of giving it up for an affair that suddenly flares up. Mona doesn’t know to what extent she can trust her feelings, because she has often realised after a few months that she has deceived herself in love. But still they keep on going one step further. They try to find themselves, to sense and make sense of things. And at the end they have to make a decision.
Justification of the jury:
An encounter at a station. A weekend in the mountains. An affair. Mona is free, in love and full of yearning. Jan is married, a father, and in his eyes you can see an inner turmoil and a bad conscience. But relationships are never quite black and white. He images lead us to the field of tension between the magic of attraction and fear of the impossible. Through the elegance of the hand camera the erotic power of the film unfolds in a carefully staged light. The visual language moves subtly and easily between closeness and distance, between tender feelings and the violence of nature. Julia Daschner frames things with sensuality. She creates a deep proximity to the figures that move us.
Julia Daschner was born 1980 in Munich. After completing work experience for a freelance television production company, she decided in 2001 to take a film and television course at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts, including a semester abroad at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba. She graduated with the documentary film Auf der Walz. Today, she works as a freelance camerawoman and director. At the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival 2012, she won the Women Directors of Photography Award in the documentary category for her film Bergig, which she also directed. Her most recent film Lose Your Head (dir. by Stefan Westerwelle) was released to cinemas in 2013.
Films by Julia Daschner (Selection)
Shanghai Crab 2011 | Zucchiniblüten 2010 | Auf der Walz 2009 | Ein Sommer lang 2006 | Havanna, 30 de febrero 2005