DOCUMENTARY 2004 | 75 MIN | FILMSCHOOL THESIS FILM

In his first long documentary Christian follows six of his Berliner friends in a week’s chapter of their everyday lives. The film spotlights the hopes and fears of a generation turning thirty, revealing the schisms between their private dreams and blatant reality. The artist couple René and Nicole have lost a child. In the aftermath of this tragedy the world of gallery shows and openings appears shallow and devoid of content. Stefan spends his time constructing web sites featuring music most people would call noise. He finds it relaxing to discern structures in the din. Cecilie doesn’t want to carve out a solid career for herself and is suspicious of the nest-building instincts of her friends. She also fears the isolation that family life can bring. The humanities scholar Cornelius is in love with Cecilie who has left him twice. They’re trying their luck a third time, enjoying each other’s non-committal company. And the film score composer Lars has his reservations about the movie business. He dwells on the tenuous nature of existence ever since his recent confrontation with the fact of mortality. “7 in the Lives of my Friends” shows the everyday life of a generation that is very skeptic toward mainstream lifestyles without being interested in rebellion.

written, directed and edited by CHRISTIAN SCHIDLOWSKI
produced by GERMAN FILM AND TELEVISION ACADEMY

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