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Dying

Directed by Matthias Glasner
2024
Germany
181 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin, this multi-generational epic follows a conductor and his turbulent family. Equally funny and poignant, it’s anchored by a superb performance from Lars Eidinger (Personal Shopper, SFF 2016).

Eidinger plays Tom Lunies, a conductor in Berlin who is busy with a new composition, called 'Sterben' – or 'Dying' – written by his close and increasingly unstable friend Bernard (Robert Gwisdek). Tom is on the verge of fatherhood; his ex-girlfriend wishes him to co-parent her child, even though he is not the biological father. Meanwhile Tom’s hard-partying sister, Ellen (Lilith Stangenberg), has just embarked on an affair with a married colleague (Ronald Zehrfeld; Barbara, SFF 2012), and rarely checks in on the pair’s aged parents, Lissy and Gerd (Corinna Harfouch and Hans-Uwe Bauer). But the chaos and indignities of life make a family reunion unavoidable. Brilliantly performed by the ensemble, Dying is an exceptionally emotional film that, in spite of its title, is all about living.


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Terrifically watchable and entertaining … a bleak, bold, extravagantly crazy story
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Matthias Glasner’s crisscrossing family drama manages to be exceedingly funny, often in some of its darkest moments, as well as expectedly sad
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Special Guest

Matthias Glasner
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Matthias Glasner was born in Hamburg in 1965 – his trilogy of films Die Mediocren, Sexy Sadie, and Fandango premiered at the Berlinale during the 1990s, and his features The Free Will and Mercy were also Berlinale selected. Glasner also directed the television series Blochin, selected in the 2015 Berlinale Special Series section.

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2pm
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12:55pm
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7:35pm
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Original Title
STERBEN
Year
2024
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Germany
Language
In German with English subtitles
Director
Matthias Glasner
Producer
Matthias Glasner, Jan Krüger, Ulf Israel
Cast
Lars Eidinger, Lilith Stangenberg, Corinna Harfouch
Screenwriter
Matthias Glasner
Cinematographer
Jakub Bejnarowicz
Editor
Heike Gnida
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Festival Award Winners, Music
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Palace Films
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