The thriller “Kahlschlag“, which will be released by UCM.ONE on the label Artkeim² in 2020, won the “Sonderpreis Spielfilm” (English; “Special Award Feature Film“)” at the Independent Film Award Camgaroo. On 27.November 2019 the Award Night was placed in Munich, where the winner was be announced. The Camgaroo Award is “a film award ceremony for young and independent filmmakers“, four other films were nominated in the category as well.
“Kahlschlag” by Max Gleschinski with its cast (Florian Bartholomäi, Bernhard Conrad, Maike Johanna Reuter and Jan ‘Monchi’ Gorkow, among others) is top-class genre cinema from Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania (German: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).
Martin and Eric share a childhood friendship. Already as little boys they went fishing at the reservoir every Sunday, and at that age they both fell in love with the same girl: Frenni. Today, 20 years later, Martin lives with Frenni in a quiet detached house on his parents’ farm. The contact with Eric is broken after a terrible incident, until one day he stands in front of their door and asks Martin for a last common trip to the lake. Unwillingly, Martin comes along, but the trip soon turns out to be a journey into the heart of darkness. While the situation between the friends at the lake gets worse and worse, Frenni is also alarmed and tries to reach the lake…
“Kahlschlag” is genre cinema with depth, as disturbing as it is surprisingly dark humoured, which a critic has very appropriately labelled with “Fargo in Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania“.