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Next Door

Next Door image - a film by Daniel Brühl
Next Door image - a film by Daniel Brühl
Next Door image - a film by Daniel Brühl
Next Door image - a film by Daniel Brühl
Next Door image - a film by Daniel Brühl
Next Door image - a film by Daniel Brühl
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENINGS - 2021 GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL
Next Door poster - a film by Daniel Brühl
This sharp-minded and engrossing drama of wits and secrets succeeds both in keeping the audience keen to know what's really going on here and achieving lift-off for Bruhl's directorial career if he seeks one.
Director: Daniel Brühl
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Peter Kurth, Aenne Schwarz, Rike Eckermann, Vicky Krieps
Duration: 92mins
Country of Origin: Germany
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This sharp-minded and engrossing drama of wits and secrets succeeds both in keeping the audience keen to know what's really going on here and achieving lift-off for Bruhl's directorial career if he seeks one.

OFFICIAL SELECTION (COMPETITION) - 2021 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION - 2021 GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

In his darkly comic directorial debut, Daniel Brühl (Goodbye Lenin, Rush, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier) plays a thinly-veiled version of himself to skewer celebrity, privilege and the movies.

Daniel (a self-deprecating Brühl) leads an enviable life. A famous actor, he lives in a stylish penthouse apartment in Berlin’s hip Prenzlauer Berg district with his wife and children. One morning, as he prepares to jet off to London to screen-test for a ‘top-secret’ new American superhero blockbuster, he pops into the local dive bar to kill some time. There, he meets middle-aged Bruno (a deliciously sardonic Peter Kurth, Babylon Berlin), initially dismissing him as a(nother) fan.

But far from it, Bruno’s in fact Daniel’s neighbour, and has been awaiting this moment. Bruno sees himself as one of reunification’s losers and a victim of the gentrification of what was once East Berlin and – as the pair banter, and he begins nitpicking the increasingly exasperated (and now late for his flight) Daniel’s career  he gradually reveals a far more intimate knowledge of Daniel’s life than is comfortable…

Written for the screen by best-selling German author Daniel Kehlmann (Measuring The World), Brühl’s two-hander combines verbal sparring with schadenfreude for a wryly entertaining comedy of wits and secrets that will have you wondering just how much you know about your own neighbours.

Next Door poster - a film by Daniel Brühl
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENINGS - 2021 GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL
Touring nationally, 25 May-20 June