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A NEW NORMAL



Germany, 2019, Stereo 3.2k Alexa Mini ProRes - Black and White - 17 Minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Luzie Loose

CAST:
Daniel Sträßer, James Faulkner

SCREENPLAY:
Paul Nungeßer

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Paul Nungeßer

EDITING:
Quirin Grimm

SOUND:
Jan Brett, Patrick Schäfer

PRODUCER:
Ludwig Meck, Markus Krojer, Chantal Witzmann, Luzie Loose

PRODUCTION:
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Cooperation with Filmuniversität Babelsberg

STORY DESCRIPTION:

A NEW NORMAL is a stereoscopic essay film, that examines the question how to go on when everything has changed. A young man leaves his apartment in an old high-rise and wanders through deserted landscapes. Something is waiting for him out there, but what drives him forward is his desire to leave everything behind, even himself. A narrator recounts fragments and experiences of an everyday life following catastrophe. They bear no resemblance with the journey of the young man, but cannot be cleanly separated from them either. Stories start out as banal episodes about grocery shopping or commuting to work but reveal various strategies to engage with a profound crisis of identity. The 3D images are both an artistic and a narrative choice: they serve as a window into his thoughts and attempts to develop a new sense of normalcy.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Luzie Loose was born 1989 in Rostock and grew up in Berlin. She studied communications at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She shot experimental shorts, worked as an assistant director in theatre and worked for several prestigious German TV and film productions. Through her film work, she has been able to travely widely and work in cities such as Paris, Istanbul, Tokyo and Berlin. In 2011 she began studying commercial and narrative directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Spending a semester at the prestigious La Fémis in Paris on a scholarship, she realized the film Nouveau Monde. As part of the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, she also directed a film that she presented at San Sebastian Film Festival. Swimming (2017) was her first feature-length fiction film that she realized in cooperation with SWR, MFG film fund and kurhaus production. The film had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and won gold at the Hofer Filmtage for best directing debut, with a laudatio by Edgar Reitz. A New Normal is her first collaboration with the film maker Paul Nungeßer. Luzie Loose lives and works as a director and scriptwriter in Berlin. You can find more information at luzieloose.comPaul Nungeßer (born 1991) left his hometown Berlin at the age of 14 to spend a year abroad as an exchange student in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2011 he moved to New York to study at Columbia College, as a John-Jay Scholar and scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, majoring in photography and architecture. In 2014 he spent a semester abroad at FAMU, Prague, where he had the unique opportunity to lens two short films on 35mm. While still in college, Paul already began working as a cinematographer for small music videos and short films in New York and Los Angeles. As a photography student under the guidance of his professors Tom Roma and Kai McBride, he produced mostly analog, b/w portrait work. His final photography thesis at Columbia was On I Off, a series of photographs investigating the phenomen of people absorbed by their cell phones in social situations. After graduating from Columbia in 2015 with a bachelor of liberal arts he returned to Berlin, where he worked as director of photography for several art films, mostly in cooperation with students from Kunsthochschule Weißensee (fashion and sculpture) as well as Universität der Künste (visual communications under professor Anna Anders). After being successfully admitted to Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, he began his cinematography studies there in 2016. In 2018 he spent a semester abroad at La Fémis, Paris. You can find a more comprehensive overview of Paul‘s work on paulnungesser.com

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