The fifth film at the Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! Online Festival is “Away You Go” (German title: Rückenwind von vorn”) by Philipp Eichholtz. In the film we accompany Charlie from Berlin, who finds it damn hard to keep the expectations of her surroundings and her own apart. Her friend Marco wants a child, and…
With the film “Rückenwind von vorn” (English title: “Away You Go“) Philipp Eichholtz starts his third feature film into the cinemas. The film is at the same time after “Love me! (2014), “Luca tanzt leise” (2016) is the third and last part of a trilogy about strong women who are faced with profound decisions. “Rückenwind von vorn” had its German premiere at the 68th Berlinale in the section “Perspektive Deutsches Kino“.
Is becoming grown-up easy – and being grown-up hard? Charlie from Berlin finds it damn hard to keep the expectations of her environment and her own separate. Her boyfriend Marco wants a child, and her colleague Gerry speculates unasked: “Five years together? Well, I’m sure there’ll be three of you soon…?”
But Charlie is not at all sure: Is it nice to have a child, or does she disappear with her own needs? Charlie is quite challenged in her profession as a teacher and things are not really going well with Marco. In the beginning everything was so wonderfully easy and spontaneous. She would like to have some of the excitement from before, when she went dancing into the morning. Others find it easier: Gerry buys a caravan and wants to drift towards the Balkans, her best friend sets off for Asia with her backpack. And then Charlie’s beloved, fun-loving grandma gets sick. Is that how it is to be an adult?
About Philipp Eichholtz:
Philipp Eichholtz grew up in a small village near Osnabrück. Already at the age of 15 he made his first short film with school friends. In the following eight years he realized countless other projects. In 2005 he won a first prize with the short film “Der letzte Abend” (English: “The Last Eveninig“), the junior prize of the Hamm Film Festival.
In the summer of 2005 Philipp Eichholtz also successfully completed his training as an editor. Since then the focus has initially been on music videos for bands such as Kapelle Petra, Peilomat, The Intersphere, Global Kryner, Da Blechhauf’n and Karat. For these music videos, Eichholtz usually took over conception, direction and editing in personal union. Since 2007 he has worked as an assistant to the set recording director on various feature films and series productions, including two Tatort productions for the RBB. Starting in 2014, he will produce his first feature films together with his permanent partner Oliver Jerke, all of which will be released in Germany.
In 2016 Netflix licensed his first two films “Liebe mich!” and “Lucan tanzt leise” and published them worldwide (“Liebe mich!”). – English title: “Love me!” on July 01, 2016; “Luca tanzt leise” – English title: “Dancing Quietly” on April 01, 2017).
During the 68th Berlinale Philipp Eichholtz received the award “Variety´s 10 Europeans to Watch” in the Ritz Hotel at Potsdamer Platz from the hands of Variety editor-in-chief Steven Gaydos and Medienboard boss Kirsten Niehuus in front of 2000 guests.
In autumn 2018 Amazon licensed the film “Rückenwind von vorn” (English title: “Away You Go“) exclusively for Prime Video for England, Germany and Scandinavia.
Director’s note from Philipp Eichholtz:
“How do you film a feeling? You try to put it into words and immediately it seems small, puny and banal. And yet there it is – this problem, this gnawing feeling. Then I often feel at odds with myself and my environment. No matter how well things are going 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 with himself. The only thing that remains in the end is a vague feeling that something doesn’t fit. I often feel lost and lonely, because I’m afraid of making the wrong decision, I’d rather not make any.
My main character Charlie feels just as lost. Seemed a few years ago, world travels and long party nights still without problems possible. If she is now suddenly firmly in her professional life, she has to look after her grandmother and is about to start a family with her long-time boyfriend. But does she want all this? Or rather, does she want it all now?
In the end, it’s not just a question of who you want to be from a self-image point of view, but of finding out what you really need for yourself.”
Original title: Rückenwind von vorn
Director: Philipp Eichholtz
Book: Philipp Eichholtz
Actor & actressses: Victoria Schulz, Aleksandar Radenkovic, Daniel Zillmann, Angelika Waller, Karin Hanczewski, Amelie Kiefer, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Claudius von Stolzmann, Natalia Bobrich
Producer: Philipp Eichholtz, Oliver Jerke
Co-Producer: Joachim Keil
Cinematography: Fee Scherer
Camera: Manuel Ruge
Sound: Luke Euan Reed, Olga Molchanova Reed
Editing: Markus Morkötter, Daniel Stephan
Visual Effects: Lisa Polle
Costumes: Alexandra Wasserthal-Zuccari
Music: Tina Pepper
Production: Von Oma gefördert
Year of production: 2018
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Lenkt: 80 Min
Youth protection: 6
Sspect ratio: 1,78 : 1
Sound: Surround Sound 5.1
Working title: Charlies Weg
English: Away You Go
Premiere: 68. Berlinale 2018
Filmlabel: Darling Berlin
Theatrical release: 15.03.2018
Amazon Prime Video: 20.09.2018 (SVoD exklusive)
Trailer (with English subtitles)
ZDF – New in Cinema: “Philipp Eichholtz manages to narrate everyday life in a cinematic way.”
Tagesspiegel: “Philipp Eichholtz tells in his warm-hearted Berlin film about the teacher Charlie …, the feeling of life of the late twenties.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “A spirit of adventure and a new beginning.”
Cinema / TV Spielfilm: “Philipp Eichholtz achieves the perfect balance between lightness and seriousness. His film is as lively as life itself.”
Filmdienst: “The portrait of a Thirtysomething existence, realized with a small budget and improvised dialogues, lives on convincing actors, its nonchalant charm and its staged courage.”
Arthouse cinema: “Like his comrade-in-arms Axel Ranisch, Eichholtz also has a keen sense for situations, for the small moments of a relationship”.
Märkische Allgemeine: “Rückenwind von vorn” by Philipp Eichholtz, convinces with improvised dialogues and a narrative lightness. And there is also a message: “Let us be spontaneous.”
Feature film: “Lifelike, airy-light tragicomedy about real people and their real fears and problems, characterized by a high art of improvisation”.