Schlaf [Sleep] (2020)

Director: Michael Venus
Writer: Thomas Friedrich, Michael Venus
Cast: Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer, Marion Kracht, Agata Buzek, Max Hubacher, Martina Schöne-Radunski
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 18.9.2020

Mona (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) lives with her mother Marlene (Sandra Hüller), a flight attendant who struggles with sleep issues – or rather, she struggles with her dreams. Marlene is convinced that her recurring dreams are pointing her towards a real place and she thinks she has found it. Unbeknownst to Mona, she makes her way to the giant hotel in the middle of nowhere that she believes is the place she is dreaming about. But it doesn’t take long and Marlene suffers a full-blown break-down. Mona comes after her and tries to figure out what is going on with Marlene and her dreams. And something is definitely going on.

Schlaf is an excellent film that moves nicely between dream/nightmare logic and political commentary. It’s a pretty wild ride that took me in completely.

The film poster showing a blond woman in a red dress with her back to the camera in a forest so dark, it's almost entirely black.
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German Angst (2015)

German Angst
Segment Final Girl
Director: Jörg Buttgereit
Writer: Jörg Buttgereit
Cast: Lola Gave, Axel Holst
Segment Make a Wish
Director: Michal Kosakowski
Writer: Goran Mimica
Cast: Annika Strauss, Matthan Harris, Andreas Pape, Daniel Faust, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Denis Lyons
Segment Alraune (translates to Mandrake)
Director: Andreas Marschall
Writer: Andreas Marschall
Cast: Milton Welsh, Kristina Kostiv, Désirée Giorgetti, Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt, Lucia Wolf
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.04.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

In Final Girl, a young girl (Lola Gave) tries to break free from her home and her father (Axel Holst), in a rather extreme way.
In Make a Wish, a group of Nazis (Andreas Pape, Daniel Faust, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Denis Lyons) get their hand on a hearing-impaired couple (Annika Strauss, Matthan Harris) who may be in possession of a body-switch amulet.
In Alraune, a photographer (Milton Welsh) gets drawn into a mysterious club by the beautiful Kira (Kristina Kostiv) and he is soon obsessed with both.

With German Angst, the three directors tried to inject some fresh blood into the German horror movie scene. Their segments are pretty much independent of each other. The result is mixed, but one thing is for certain: it’s a film all about the fears of men, women are of not much concern to it.


[After the jump, I’ll talk about each of the segments on their own. SPOILERS follow.]

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