»In artistic black-and-white images, the director narrates a bold, sadomasochistic story in mercilessly hard tones. Maren Kroymann fascinates as a 52-year-old woman as she embarks on a dangerously intensive liaison with a 16-year-old boy. A film of shocking openness.«
– Die Welt
Elsa Seifert (Maren Kroymann) is a successful probation officer who is completely absorbed in her work. She lives with Raimar, father of Daniela, the daughter they have brought up together. When Daniela leaves home, Elsa‘s everyday life begins to falter. She no longer sees the point in routines that have been established for decades. Instead she becomes receptive to anything that may promise her a new and intensive awareness of life. When young offender Jan becomes her new charge, Elsa sees herself surrendering to his blatant offer to submit himself to her sexually. She is drawn into something from which she cannot escape, getting involved in an adventure with Jan. They both celebrate and play out their desires, which helps to create their very own sexual cosmos.
Her life becomes increasingly derailed. Director Angelina Maccarone says about her work: »It was important for me to implement those things that I found to be ›true‹ in the script. Elsa and Jan are no SM specialists, there is an air of discovery about their encounters. They explore for themselves and for the other person how far they can go and where this will lead. (…) The paradox is: the greater the courage to open up and show oneself, the less it all turns into navel-gazing. Truthfulness leaves shame in its wake. With Maren I knew that it would work, because she has the courage to do this.«
Films with Maren Kroymann (Selection)
Klimawechsel 2010 | Die Friseuse 2010 | Mein Leben & ich 2001 – 2009 | Tatort 2000 – 2009 | Maria, ihm schmeckt‘s nicht 2009 | Das Fremde in mir 2008 | Die Welle 2008 | Das Superweib 1996 | Nachtschwester Kroymann 1996 | Kein Pardon 1993 | Oh Gott, Herr Pfarrer 1988
Awards for ›Verfolgt‹
Goldener Leopard, Cinéastes du présent, Filmfest Locarno 2006 | Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik für Maren Kroymann als Beste Darstellerin 2007 | Beste Darstellerin, Internationales Filmfestival San Luis Argentinien, Puntano de Plata 2007
Angelina Maccarone began her career as a songwriter (including pieces for Udo Lindenberg, the German rock star) before she came up with her first screenplay entitled Kommt Mausi raus?! – this in a collaborative venture with the NDR, the North German Broadcasting Corporation. As a result, she was directly nominated for a TeleStar. Also made for the NDR, her films Alles wird gut (Everything Will Be Fine) and Ein Engel schlägt zurück (An Angel‘s Revenge) were given screenings at numerous international festivals (Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan and London, for example) winning many an award in the process. In 2004, she directed Fremde Haut (Unveiled), for which she received in 2005 the Hesse Film Award. Her next project was the cinema movie Verfolgt (Hounded) which went on to win a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. You can see Verfolgt in Dortmund at this year‘s festival in the Independent-minded Woman programme section, a portrait here of actress Maren Kroyman. Since 2007, Angelina Maccarone has written and directed three episodes for Tatort (Crime Scene), a popular cop thriller series on prime-time German TV. Also in 2007, she made the cinema movie Vivere which has been a big success at various festivals. She has just completed her latest project, a cinema film about actress Charlotte Rampling.
Films by Angelina Maccarone
Tatort: Borowski und die Sterne 2009 | Tatort: Erntedank e.V. 2008 | Vivere 2007 | Verfolgt 2006 | Fremde Haut 2005 | Tatort: Wem Ehre gebührt 2002 | Ein Engel schlägt zurück 1998 | Alles wird gut 1998 | Kommt Mausi raus?! 1995