When Caroline Link’s Nowhere in Africa won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003, it ushered in a new era of visibility and vitality for German cinema. Now the director returns to the domain of the family, with its jagged terrain of loss and liberty. An enigmatic son has been the center of his mother’s life, and the source of his older sister’s angst. His untimely death opens deep rifts, which an artist attempts to navigate via a commissioned portrait of the siblings. The creation of the painting ignites passions, exposes loyalties, and ultimately offers the promise of a new beginning.

Organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film. Thanks to IFC Films.