OFFICIAL SELECTION BERLINALE 2021
Daniel (a brilliant self-deprecating Brühl) is a famous actor, and lives in a stylish penthouse apartment in Berlin’s hip Prenzlauer Berg district with his wife, children and their nanny. One morning, as he prepares to jet off to London to screen-test for a ‘top-secret’ new American superhero blockbuster, he pops into a dive bar to kill time. There, he meets middle-aged Bruno (a deliciously sardonic Peter Kurth, Babylon Berlin), initially dismissing him as a fan.
As the two talk, Bruno begins nit-picking the increasingly exasperated Daniel and his career, gradually revealing a far more intimate knowledge of Daniel’s life than is comfortable. The only thing that’s clear at the end of the day is that Daniel will never be able to ignore Bruno again after this encounter, no matter how much he might want to.
Written by best-selling German author Daniel Kehlmann, Brühl’s two-hander combines verbal sparring with ‘Schadenfreude’ for a wryly entertaining comedy of wits and secrets that will have you going home and making sure you know who lives next door.