Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, Germany/Switzerland 2019, 97'
International Premiere
Sat. 10.8.2019, 11h00, La Sala
Sun. 11.8.2019, 18h30, L'altra Sala

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The use of the term “clan” in the German media tends to be associated with large Arab families, illegal dealings and young men with impressive beards and even more impressive muscles. Men like Agit, Ahmad, Parham, Kianush and Sinan, who, in Another Reality, give us insight into their (men’s) world that is as irritating as it is surprising, even amusing.

They visibly devoted a lot of time and trust to the filmmakers Noël Dernesch and Oliver Wildhauer. In return, the directors give their protagonists plenty of room for their self-portrayal rendered in cool and temperate images. The overall impression is that of a stereotype machismo that fetishizes big cars and conjures up “the laws of the jungle” as legitimate violence. But there is also a feeling of shame, which is why one of them does not want to tell his former teacher that he was in prison. And even though they keep expressing their disrespect of the state and law, it becomes increasingly obvious that these are people who struggle for their identity, people who want to feel part of the country they grew up in.

Neither preachy nor naively admiring, the Swiss and German filmmakers Demesch and Wildhauer leave it up to the audience to decide whether it wants to react to the confessions of the protagonists with concern or sympathy. Either way: Agit and the others are characters that you won't forget in a hurry.

Julia Marx