Ich Will Mich Nicht Künstlich Aufregen

Feature Film | DE 2014 | 84' | OV

The film for today’s cultural sector precariat: superbly educated, but stumbling from one internship to the next. ASTA UPSET tells the story of a young freelance curator whose exhibition project loses public funding when she is unwilling to make nice with her sponsors. However, this narrative only provides a loose frame for dialogue – sometimes resembling a manifesto – that criticizes the status quo of the »creative economy« and its political administration. Director Max Linz also takes aesthetic cues from a time when radical critique was still considered sexy: the film starts out with a discussion of Fassbinder’s TV series EIGHT HOURS ARE NOT A DAY, and its colour scheme is not the only aspect reminiscent of Godard. Other unmistakable inspirations come from Alexander Kluge, Christoph Schlingensief, and René Pollesch. ASTA UPSET never degenerates into a mere parade of references, though – Max Linz’s dffb graduation film is too smart, self-aware, and humorous for that. A pretty unique attempt in German cinema of making a political motion picture beyond the confines of politically correct issue films.

Director
Max Linz
Script
Max Linz
Producer
Maximilian Haslberger
Photography
Carlos Andrés López
Editors
Max Linz, René Frölk
Sound
Jaime Guijarro Bustamante
Music
Tamer Fahri Özgönenc
Production Design
Jil Bertermann, Merle Vorwald
Costumes
Pola Kardum
Make Up
Ferdinand Föcking
Principal Cast
Sarah Ralfs, Pushpendra Singh, Barbara Heynen, Kerstin Grassmann, René Schappach, Hamza Chehad

International Sales

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Germany
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Domestic Sales

Arsenal Distribution
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10785 Berlin
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Selected filmography Max Linz

DIE FINANZEN DES GROSSHERZOGS (2011), DAS OBERHAUSENER GEFÜHL – EINE DEPRESSENTATION IN ZEHN FOLGEN (2012)