Family of the Year

Introducing… – Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2021

© cmd+c

May 29, 2021, 7.00 pm, live screening with artist talk
May 26-30, 2021, video on demand

5 Euros
Tickets | access codes for live screening or video on demand at karten @ or via (reference: „Family of the Year live screening“ or „Family of the Year on demand“)


Anja (10) persuades her family to make a film about the mysterious disappearance of her grandmother Friederike. The search begins with Friederike’s last note: „Let there be a man, / let there be the woman, / let there be the longing for unconditional love and the desire for the child who has the mission to complete this love. / Let there be a house / Let there be truth.” During the shooting, the family encounters unspoken secrets, unresolved conflicts, restrictive models of family and motherhood, questions of co-parenting and general problems with patriarchy.
Family of the Year was created in the summer of 2020 as a cinematic adaptation of a documentary-fictional stage play that could not be performed due to the theater closures. The multi-generational ensemble developed the play and the film together, according to a concept and under the direction of cmd+c.

cmd+c are Marina Prados and Paula Knüpling. Their work, which can be described as transarts, combines documentary, multimedia and poetic elements and lives from in-depth research and contemporary dramaturgies. With a focus on social and queer themes, their works paint a picture of the reality of their lives and inspire viewers* to new perspectives. In their team, too, cmd+c attach great importance to the diversity of ideas and want to gain perspective through their diverse teams. All participants in their projects are researchers*, authors* and performers* and work together on an equal footing in their fields of activity. After »HERE« (2018, 3rd floor – Volksbühne Berlin) and »Single lives as Single wants« (2019, Schaubude Berlin/PAF), Family of the year was also created in this way. It is their first work at Ballhaus Ost.

Running time: 60 min
In German with subtitles (German for hearing-impaired and deaf people | English)

After the Livescreening on May 29th there will be an Artist Talk with Paula Knüpling and Marina Prados (cmd+c), Paulina Lorenz (Jünglinge Film),Anne Brammen (Ballhaus Ost) and Anne Hirth (Performing Arts Festival Berlin), in German.

by and with Ronald Berger, Paula Knüpling, Friederike Knüpling, Celine Meral, Marina Prados, Volker Sobottke, Marcel Stoll, Anja Zhang Direction Paula Knüpling, Marina Prados Dramaturgy Leonie Jenning Cinematography Paul Holdsworth Sound Bastian Gascho Music Sara Vidal Editing Lara Rodríguez Cruz Sound mixing Jonathan Hamann, Ingolf-Christopher Facius Accessible subtitles Anna Pristouschek Production management ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro Special thanks to Knut Berger, Katarina Eckold, Lena Böllinger, Irene von Albertí, Aelrun Goette, Moritz Sauer, Ainhoa Guerrero, Sergi Canyameres Masip, David Benski, Anna-Sophie Brandsborg, Sarah Kailuweit

A production by cmd+c in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the District Office Pankow of Berlin, Office for Advanced Education and Culture – Department of Art and Culture. Kindly supported by Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte, Filmgalerie 451, and the Archive of the Gay Museum Berlin.

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