Mimmi is a very lonely girl, not knowing what to do with her life. On the search for friends and boyfriends, she wanders around alone in different cities. —IMDb
Angela Schanelec was born in 1962. She studied Acting at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main and worked at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Berlin’s Schaubühne and the Schauspielhaus in Bochum. She studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin from 1990-1995, graduating with Das Glück meiner Schwester/My Sister’s Good Fortune, winner of the German Critics’ Prize 1996. Her other films include Schöne gelbe farbe (1991), Weit Entfernt (1991), Prag, März 92 (1992), Ich bin den Sommer über in Berlin geblieben (1993), Plätze in Städten/Places in the City (1997/98) at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 1998, Mein langsames Leben/Passing Summerr (2001) presented at the Berlinale’s Forum in 2001, and Marseille (2004) also at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. —Goethe-Institut
Selected for Un Certain Regard at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, Places in the Cities is a film that opts for the silence to observe the daily life of a young student in Berlin. The dialogues, few and mostly brief, reflect the hesitations and behaviors of Mimi. Like in the other Schanelec's films, the natural light has a special role to represent the interior of the characters and to define spaces.
a story of loneliness and search for love, as many others in Schanelec's world, set between Berlin and Paris. where the protagonist is, once again, lost in silent interiors and empty, noisy exterior spaces. great photography and great the way Schanelec leaves her characters moving alone, giving them their own time, shooting from a distance that is the same separating characters themselves...