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Program

23 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)
Panoramakino

Photo: Sebastian Bisch

BABYLON

by Yasmina Reza
Staged reading with Caroline Peters and Samuel Finzi

Content
"There is nothing pure about human relations," (Yasmina Reza: Babylon).
A springtime party. Elisabeth's guests are modern, educated middle-class people. They are joined by neighbours Jean-Lino and Lydie – who don't really fit in. The inevitable happens when a banal argument about organic chicken triggers a fiasco that ends with someone getting killed. Babylon, the title of Yasmina Reza's new novel, is an omen of discussions and refutations that lead to misunderstandings and outbursts of rage. Everyone is focused on himself and speaks in his own language, without understanding the others. The story ends with the awareness of how existential hurt feelings and humiliation can be.

Author
Paris-born author Yasmina Reza achieved her international breakthrough in 1994 with the multiple award-winning play Art. Today she is one of the world's most widely performed playwrights. Her 2006 play God of Carnage was made into a film by Roman Polanski using a screenplay she wrote. Reza's novels include Happy are the Happy (2013) and her latest work, Babylon (2016). With brilliant dialogues and dark humour, the author dissects the depths of our affluent society, in which the tiniest spark is enough to ignite the seething core of interpersonal relations. Reza's awards include the renowned Kythera Prize (2014). Two years later, she received the Prix Renaudot for Babylon. The Movimentos Festival has featured readings of her plays Art and God of Carnage as well as an adaptation of her novel Happy are the Happy in 2015.

Actors
Thanks to her enormous versatility, Caroline Peters is both a renowned stage actress and a TV star. As a member of the ensemble of the Burgtheater, she has appeared in plays including Yasmina Reza's Bella Figura, which earned her a nomination for the NESTROY Prize in 2016. Since 2007, she has played German police commissioner Sophie Haas in the crime series Mord mit Aussicht, a role for which she was awarded the Bavarian Television Prize. At the Movimentos Festival, Caroline Peters appeared in Christmas Not Just Once a Year by Heinrich Böll in 2015. A year later, she could be seen in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen.

Due to his enormous physical concentration and imaginative reactions, critics have hailed Samuel Finzi as "an unconditional real-time actor." He has performed on numerous stages in Germany as well as at the Burgtheater in Vienna. His theatrical work has been awarded with the Gertrud Eysoldt Ring in 2015 and the German Actors' Prize in 2016. In addition to television productions including Flemming and screen adaptations of Martin Suter's Allmen crime novels, Finzi also appeared in Robert Schwentke's Der Hauptmann (2017). Movimentos audiences have seen him in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage as well as the staged reading of Florian Zeller's Truth in 2017.