Coming of Age

A film by Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl

A 2011, 35mm, 90 Min.

Synopsis

 

It’s never too late for a new love.

 

COMING OF AGE: True love knows no boundaries, not even when it comes to age.

 

Rosa (Christine Ostermayer) meets Bruno (Karl Merkatz). Two people who consider themselves to be over the hill and irrelevant in today’s world suddenly learn what it means to pursue once-in-a-lifetime happiness. To find one’s soulmate. Loving and laughing together. The only problem: Rosa has cancer and only six months to live. The two decide to go for it anyway.

 

Bruno breaks out of his marriage and a family life where everything’s been routine for some time ago, and Rosa runs away from the hospitals and retirement homes where her niece hoped she would quietly disappear. They set up house together, and are then forced to face the question of whether happiness has an expiration date. Or if memories of special moments with the kind of a person you meet only once are much more important.

 

COMING OF AGE is a touching film about a special couple living in a society that shuts out its older members. A romance involving individuals who aren’t usually seen as lovers, who then do everything they can to prove the world wrong: It’s never too late for a new love. 

 

 

 

***** A love story between octogenarians, COMING OF AGE avoids the mawkishness and condescending cuteness often brought to such stories, arriving at a clear-eyed result that's touchingly real. This latest project from longtime Austrian creative duo Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl won the audience award for best feature at the Montreal World fest, and figures to attract interest from further fests, as well as niche offshore distribs. Broadcast is likely to prove the pic's primary destination, and its pro but nondescript visual presentation won't lose anything in smallscreen translation.  ...

The pic's bittersweet impact is fully supported by the astute perfs (Merkatz won an actor prize at Montreal), economical writing and straightforward packaging, which is short on style but escapes drabness.

Variety

 

***** Convincing with its "sense and sensibility"... amazing ensemble cast! 

Der Standard 

 

***** ANFANG 80 very concisely tells the gripping story of a couple’s sunset years: from the first amorous tete-à-tete to the inevitable last good-bye, from a shy kiss to secret get-togethers in a pensioners‘ home. ANFANG 80 is the portrayal of a generation that unfortunately has become quite invisible - not only in film. 

Profil 

 

***** ANFANG 80 is a gripping film that unveils questions about life that all of us will encounter someday. 

Unsere Generation

 

***** Christine Ostermayer’s remarkable performance, her portrayal of the shy but cheeky Rosa makes you fall in love with her instantly. 

Die Presse

 

***** A convincing plea for freedom and independence. A touching film that not only speaks to the older generation but essentially to that of their children, to those who are looking after their progressively fragile parents. 

Salzburger Nachrichten

 

***** There is no fool like an old fool for love - a heartwarming thought indeed. Two wonderful actors way past their "greying phase" portray with humour and composure the story of a crazy yet tragic love affair and an unwavering urge and willpower to "be". 

Kronenzeitung 

 

***** The young performing heroes of today can still watch and learn from such acting brilliance. A wonderful tragic comedy with an amazing cast! 

Skip Kinomagazin

 

Credits

Directors:

Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl

 

Cast:

Karl Merkatz - BRUNO

Christine Ostermayer - ROSA

Erni Mangold - HERTA

Branko Samarovski - KARL

Joseph Lorenz - WERNER

 

Photography:

Wolfgang Thaler

 

Sound:

Klaus Kellermann

 

Editor:

Karin Hammer

 

Producers:

Michael Kitzberger

Markus Glaser

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

 

Production:

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

 

with support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut

FIlmstandort Austria

ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen

Land Niederösterreich

 

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Please be aware that these photos are available exclusively for work associated with the film, duplication for use elsewhere is prohibited without express permission.

© Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

Awards

Best International Film Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2013)
Best Actor: Karl Merkatz
Österreichischer Filmpreis (2013)
Audience Award
Wisconsin Film Festival (2013)
Public Award for the most popular film of the Festival
Montreal World Film Festival (2012)
Best Actor: Karl Merkatz
Montreal World Film Festival (2012)
Millbrook Script Award for Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl
Hof International Film Festival (2012)
Best Actor: Christine Ostermayer
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2012)
Special Mention for actors Christine Ostermayer and Karl Merkatz
Zurich Film Festival (2012)
Nominations: Christine Ostermayer for Best Actress and Karl Merkatz for Best Actor
Österreichischer Filmpreis (2013)

Dates

22.01.2014 20:15

ORF 2

28.03.2013

Cinema release in Germany

30.12.2011

Cinema release in Austria

23.10.2014

Festivals: Montreal, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Calcutta, Santa Barbara, Zürich, Hof, Talinn...

Festivals

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2013)
Portland International Film Festival (2013)
Wisconsin Film Festival (2013)
Chicago International Filmfestival (2012)
Zurich Film Festival (2012)
Montreal World Film Festival (2012)
São Paulo International Film Festival (2012)
Kolkata International Film Festival (2012)
Hof International Film Festival (2012)
Whitehead International Filmfestival Claremont (2013)
Talinn Black Nights Filmfestival (2013)
Biberach Film Festival (2012)
Filmfest Prag (2012)
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2012)

with support of

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Production

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