Westerland

Feature Film Germany 2012

The Island of Sylt, deepest winter, a beautiful yet desolate landscape. A young man Jesús tries to commit suicide on the endless beach along the North Sea. But Cem, a boy of the same age, catches hold of him at the last moment. This is the brilliant opening scene of the film and the beginning of a story of friendship, love and dependence. Jesús is weak and self-destructive: he is always hard up and he has very low self-esteem. Whereas Cem has a job that allows him to be independent, his family supports him and he has an unrealized dream: to become a landscape painter. The relationship between the two grows until it becomes more and more intense and intimate, blurred here and there by the smoke of joints. Jesús' bulimia is just one of the symptoms of his mal de vivre and Cem constantly tries to protect him. This is a film that depicts physical and spiritual landscapes and an innocent physicality, full of looks, gestures, hugs and nuances. Based on his own novel, this is Tim Staffel's debut film, presented at the Berlin Film Festival this year.

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