The new film by Philipp Eichholtz “Away You Go” (German: “Rückenwind von vorn”) tells the story of a young teacher who loses access to her own needs under the expectations of her environment. The film will open on Friday, February 16, 2018, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino of Berlinale 2018 and is after “Love me!” and “Dance Quietly” Philipp Eichholtz’s third collaboration with Darling Berlin, a UCM.ONE film label. “Away You Go” will be released on March 15, 2018 in German cinemas.
The film deals with the following topic: Is it easy to grow up but hard to be a grown-up? The Berlin girl Charlie finds it damn hard to keep the expectations of her environment and her own apart. Her boyfriend, Marco, wants a child, and her colleague, Gerry, surmises, unsolicited, “Five years together? Well, surely you’re three of you soon …? “But Charlie is not at all sure: Is it nice to have a child, or does she herself disappear with her needs? Charlie is challenged quite a bit in her job as a teacher, and things are not going well with Marco. Everything was so wonderfully easy and spontaneous in the beginning. She would like some of the excitement of yesteryear when she went dancing in the morning. Others find it easier: Gerry buys a caravan and wants to drift towards the Balkans, her best friend breaks with her backpack to Asia. And then Charlie’s beloved, fun-loving granny gets sick too. Is that how it is to be an adult?
Director Statement Philipp Eichholtz:
“How to film a feeling? You try to put it in words and immediately it seems small, puny and banal. And yet it is there – this problem, that nagging feeling. Then I often disagree with myself and my environment. No matter how well it works in my life, I quickly get into a kind of paralysis of life. Unable to make any decision, I just endure situations. I become a tourist, who observes my problems with great interest, but does not associate the consequences of this with himself. The only thing left at the end is a vague feeling that something does not fit. I often feel lost and lonely, afraid to make the wrong decision, I prefer not to meet any. My main character Charlie feels just as lost. A few years ago, world trips and long party nights seemed possible without any problems. If she is now suddenly at work, has to take care of her grandmother and is about to start a family with her longtime friend. But does she want all that? Or, better asked, does she want it all now? “
In the end, it’s not just about the question of who you would like to be from the self-image, but to find out what you really need for yourself.