It’s the unexpected smile on a stranger’s face… The warmth of a voice on the phone… The tingle of fingers brushing against each other… Little things that awaken desires and stir longings… and that trace the paths of several parallel journeys towards happiness, one winter, in Berlin. A hardened yet fragile young woman meets a man whose gentleness she cannot fathom… A wife, mother and career woman unintentionally forces her husband into a passivity that he must escape to survive… A mother and her teenage daughter both fall for the same middle-aged, overweight, unassuming man… Subtle, penetrating stories of men and women who come together in strange ways, encounters full of humor and drama among people who, perhaps for only a brief moment, meld into a little community of individuals happy as one… —german-films.de
Vanessa Jopp, born February 28, 1971, in Leonberg started to study economics before she enrolled at Munich’s Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in 1993. She graduated in 1999 with a film and TV movie diploma. Jopp then made several short films and music videos and became an employee of the comedy programme “Wochenshow”. After “Honolulu” (1999), a collaboration with five fellow students, Jopp caused a stir with the adolescent love triangle story “Vergiss Amerika” (“Forget America”, 2000), that won the first Steps award among several other awards. Her next film, “Engel und Joe” (“Engel + Joe”, 2001), also won several awards. Furthermore, Jopp directed a film for the Bremen branch of the "Tatort“ crime film series, called “Der schwarze Troll”, in 2003.
At the 2006 Berlinale, Jopp’s third film “Komm näher” (“Happy As One”) premiered in the Panorama section. The closely observed ensemble movie about a series of hugely dissimilar Berlin-based characters and their search for love received… read more