stars above us

STARS ABOVE US  is the story of a single mother struggling to regain control of her life. While living in a forest she fights to find a place in the world for her and her son, but her earnest attempts are continually thwarted.

Forced into homelessness, Melli takes her son Ben to the forest. Here they build a makeshift camp, set away from the paths where no one can find them. They think the solution is temporary. Melli firmly believes their lives will improve soon, a feeling that is strengthened when she is employed as a trainee flight attendant. But her search for an apartment brings only humiliation, and when her struggle begins to seem futile, with added pressure coming from the government office and her employer, she is completely overwhelmed and has to make the most difficult decision in her life...

"Christina Ebelt shows a woman under extreme pressure, a fighter who is out of breath. Franziska Hartmann plays it brilliantly. The misery, the big bluff, the eternal struggle, the film reflects much of today's
attitude to life."

- SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Ebelt's film falls in love with the female optimism of the heroine and, like the protagonist, entices the viewer to block out reality.
- TAGESSPIEGEL

""Stars above us" is an excellently played drama."
- BERLINER MORGENPOST

Original title
Sterne über uns
Genre
Drama
Length
98min
Language
German
Format
Digital + Transfer to DCP
Production
2Pilots
Producer
Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann, Regina Jorissen
Director,Author
Christina Ebelt
Co-Writer
Franziska Krentzien
Camera
Bernhard Keller
Cast
Framziska Hartmann, Claudio Magno
Supported by
Creative Europe Media, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Partner
Arte, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel