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4 KINGS

North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Theresa Von Eltz

Country: Germany
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Original Title: 4 KÖNIGE

Running Time: 98min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Cinema 360º

Life is fraught with pressures, and in overwhelming moments a retreat from the world to sort out your headspace can prove restorative. For Alex, Timo, Lara and Fedja, spending Christmas locked up in an adolescent psychiatric emergency unit is hardly an ideal respite. They are all pretty angry about it, even Fedja, a Georgian immigrant whose extreme shyness makes him vulnerable to bullying, and who responds to confinement with self-harm.

Unlike the majority of the hospital staff, who alternatively coddle or attempt to control the teenagers, hip psychiatrist Dr. Wolff sees the freedom to learn from mistakes as the best route toward harnessing overpowering emotions. From the first hilarious group-therapy session to Wolff’s secretly sanctioned overnight outing to the woods behind the hospital, this quartet of ostensible basket-cases take full advantage of the good doctor’s freedoms—and learn just how normal their “craziness” can look from a certain angle.

Reminiscent of works like ’80s teen classic The Breakfast Club or the recent Short Term 12, Theresa von Eltz’s sensitively directed, beautifully performed feature debut recognizes the cathartic value of identifying with characters who actually confront the stress that most of us stifle in order to simply make it through the day. – Jaie Laplante

SHOWTIMES

Thursday March 10th @ 6:30pm REGAL 18 Add to Schedule

Saturday March 12th @ 9:30pm O CINEMA MIAMI BEACH Add to Schedule

credits

Director: Theresa Von Eltz
Producer: Florian Schmidt-Prange, Benjamin Seikel
Screenwriter: Esther Bernstorff, Theresa von Eltz

Music: André Feldhaus
Cinematographer: Kristian Leschner
Editor: Anja Siemens

Cast: Paula Beer, Jella Haase, Moritz Leu, Jannis Niewöhner

Theresa Von Eltz

Theresa von Eltz is from Cologne. Her first short film “Gecko” (2007) debuted at the Berlinale. 4 Kings (2015) is her feature directorial debut.

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