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The Ordinaries

by Sophie Linnenbaum Focus Competition

Paula lives in a cinematic reality in which all people are divided into main and secondary characters. In order to be able to lead a life with her own storyline, she attends the school for main characters. But shortly before the final exam, Paula still fails to create emotional music. She sets out, therefore, in search of great emotions, ending up at a place where outtakes eke out a dreary existence on the fringes of society. Here, she encounters more and more inconsistencies surrounding her father's death – and Paula begins to doubt her place in history. Director Sophie Linnenbaum presents a captivating ode to filmmaking that is overflowing, both narratively and visually, with original ideas.

About the director(s)

Born in Nuremburg, director Sophie Linnenbaum studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Her short films, including the multi award-winning [OUT OF FRA]ME (2016) and the German Short Film Award-winning PIX (2017), have screened at numerous festivals. She more recently hit the festival circuit with her latest documentary film VÄTER UNSER (2021), which won the DOKFest München's FFF Talent Award Documentary Film. She completed her degree with THE ORDINARIES, her debut feature-length fiction film, which had its world premiere at Filmfest München.

Filmography (selection): The Ordinaries (2022) | Väter unser (doc, 2021) | Das Mensch (short film, 2019) | Pix (short film, 2017) | Rien ne va plus (short film, 2017) | Monday - A German Love Story (short film, 2017) | [Out Of Fra]me (short film, 2016)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: Satire
  • Country, Year: Germany, 2022
  • Runtime: 120 Min
  • Languages: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Director: Sophie Linnenbaum
  • Cast: Fine Sendel, Jule Böwe, Henning Peker, Noah Tinwa, Sira Faal, Denise M'Baye, Pasquale Aleardi, Noah Bailey
  • Screenplay: Sophie Linnenbaum, Michael Fetter Nathansky
  • Cinematography: Valentin Selmke
  • Editor: Kai Eiermann
  • Sound: Alexandra Praet, Leo Aderhold
  • Music: Fabian Zeidler
  • Producers: Laura Klippel, Britta Strampe
  • Production Companies: Bandenfilm, ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
  • World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH
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