Ebbo and Vera Velten have spent the better part of the past twenty years living in different African countries. Ebbo is the manager of a sleeping sickness programme. His work is fulfilling. Vera, however, feels increasingly lost in Yaounde’s ex-pat community. She can’t bear the separation from her 14-year-old daughter, Helen, who is attending boarding school in Germany. Ebbo must give up his life in Africa or he risks losing the woman he loves. But his fear of returning to a land now remote to him increases with each passing day.
Years later. Alex Nzila, a young French doctor of Congolese origin, travels to Cameroon to evaluate a development project. It’s been a long time since he set foot on this continent, but, instead of finding new prospects, he encounters a destructive, lost man. Like a phantom, Ebbo slips away from his evaluator. –Berlinale
Born in Marburg/Lahn on 15.12.1969, after a number of sojourns in various countries abroad, he spent two years (from 1989-91) studying art in Quimper in France. He took up studies in philosophy in Hamburg and subsequently attended the faculty of Visual Communications at Hamburg College of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1998. He made five short films before directing his feature film debut, Bungalow, which was shown in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2002. This film received the German Film Critics’Award and several other prizes at festivals at home and abroad. He lives in Berlin. —filmportal.de
Change, change and metamorphosis. This ones an artful, gentle study of the ex-pat/ aid-worker experience in Africa and life as the outsider. Variety labelled it too politically correct but I found it far more interesting and less vulgar in it's approach than the recent 'White Material'. The performances are all nice and naturalistic and the camera work subtle and unobtrusive. 3.5 stars
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