At Ellen's Age
by Pia Marais
Ellen must come to face some new turns in life. Although her job as a flight attendant keeps her rotating around the globe, she finds her private life has become a placebo, lending the sensation of security she needs so badly.
She even suffers a panic attack whilst on duty, causing her to disembark and abandon an airplane that is preparing to start. As she crosses the airfield, she knows instinctively that she is leaving her old life behind.
Driven by a sense of alienation, Ellen seeks a place to belong and in doing so, becomes a tourist in the lives of the people and groups she encounters. Ellen becomes acquainted with a group of young activists. Amongst them is Karl. The two are instantly drawn to one another and following his trail. They set out on a crusade to destroy the industry of animal torture and liberate as many of its victims as they can. Yet however unbalanced this situation has become, Ellen finds she’s growing stronger.
Inwardly matured and convinced that there must be a specific place in the world where she is needed, Ellen is ready to venture a new beginning…
Pia Marais (Johannesburg) grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied sculpture and photography at art academies in London, Amsterdam and finally the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf before going on to study film at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie (Dffb) in Berlin. She made several shorts, including “Loop” (1996), “Deranged” (1998), “Tricky People” (1999), and “17” (2003), and after several engagements in film business as a casting director and assistant director, made her feature debut with “Die Unerzogenen” ("The Unpolished"), which has screened at many international film festivals and has won various prizes, including Tiger Award in 2007 in Rotterdam. Her second feature film "Im Alter von Ellen" ("At Ellen's age") was developed in the Résidence du Festival de Cannes.
Jeanne Balibar - Ellen
Stefan Stern - Karl
Georg Friedrich - Florian
Julia Hummer - Rebecca
Jasna Bauer - Billy
Patrick Bartsch - Paul
Benno Lehmann - Louis
Screenplay: Horst Markgraf / Pia Marais
Director of Photography: Hélène Louvart
Editor: Mona Bräuer
Art Director: Petra Barchi
Producers: Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Produced by: Pandora Film Produktion
Supported by: WDR/Arte
Format: 35mm / 24fps / 1:1,66 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 98 min
Original language: German
Original title: Im Alter von Ellen