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Best of Fest: JONATHAN

Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski
99 min | 2016 | Germany | Not Rated

In this powerfully beautiful film from Germany, Jonathan is a young man who is caring for his terminally ill father, Burghardt. When Burghardt is stricken with cancer, Jonathan must put his dreams aside to be his father’s caretaker and become responsible for managing the family farm with his conservative and deeply religious Aunt Martha. Estranged from her brother, but aware that Jonathan can’t do everything alone, Martha hires the lovely and mysterious Anka as a nurse to care for Burghardt. Jonathan falls in love with Anka and finds a brief respite from the responsibilities that weigh so heavily on him.

But when Burghardt’s long-lost friend, Ron, arrives, everything turns upside down. Jonathan can’t understand why Martha despises Ron, why she refuses to speak to her dying brother, or why his father has so much affection for this stranger. Long-buried family secrets come to light as the characters explore the complicated, sometimes heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting dynamics of life, death, love, loss, family, and acceptance.

Winner: Audience Award – 2016 Damn These Heels Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Berlin Film Festival

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