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Program

5 and 6 May - 18:00 h (Local Time)
Panoramakino

Photo: Sebastian Bisch

HEILIG ABEND (CHRISTMAS EVE)

by Daniel Kehlmann

Staged reading by Iris Berbenand Thomas Thieme
presented by Gerhard Ahrens and Bernd Kauffmann

5 & 6 May 2018, 18:00h, Panoramakino, Autostadt

Content
In his theatre play Heilig Abend (Christmas Eve), author Daniel Kehlmann takes an entirely new approach to the festive season: at 10.30pm on the 24th of December, police officer Thomas questions philosophy professor Judith, who is suspected of having planned to blow up a bomb at midnight on Christmas Eve. The interaction between the conservative policeman and the left-wing intellectual university lecturer develops into an ingenious battle of wits that calls into question the fundamental principles of our democracy: freedom, security, and justice. The interrogation turns into a battle of words between the system and a critic of the system, between state authority and civil protest. And both sides must ask themselves if violence can ever be justified – from their relevant perspectives – in order to achieve something good?

Author
Daniel Kehlmann, born in 1975, is one of the most famous German-speaking authors. His second novel, Me and Kaminski (2003), was an international success. It was followed two years later by Measuring the World, regarded as one of the most successful German post-War novels. Both books have been made into films and won numerous awards. His latest work, Tyll, a reinvention of the Till Eulenspiegel myth, was published in the autumn of 2017. Kehlmann's theatrical debut, Geisterin Princeton, earned him the NESTROY theatre prize in 2012. The Mentor has been staged in London's West End since 2017. Like The Mentor, Kehlmann's latest play, Heilig Abend was a contract piece for the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, where it premiered on 2 February 2017.

Actors
Iris Berben
is one of Germany's most popular film and television actors. She is equally well known for her intense acting as for her political activity. For many years, she embodied the TV police commissioner Rosa Roth. Her most recent films include Jugend ohne Gott by Alain Gsponer and High Society by Anika Decker (both 2017). Iris Berben will be returning to the television screen in 2018 in the ZDF crime series Die Protokollantin, in which she will be playing the strange, but likeable, main character. The president of the German Film Academy, Iris Berben actively campaigns against racism and antisemitism. She has regularly taken part in the Movimentos Festival since 2010, most recently with Lob der Toleranz in 2013 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? in 2014.

Thomas Thieme has for many years been recognized as one of the most popular actors in German-language films. His theatrical presence is a combination of expressive physicality, charisma and sensitivity. His latest productions include Er ist wieder da (2015) and Kundschafter des Friedens (2016). Thomas Thieme was awarded the Golden Camera as Germany's best actor in 2014. He plays the role of Karl Zörgiebel in Tom Tykwer's new TV series, Babylon Berlin (2017). A gifted stage actor, Thieme has performed at numerous famous theatres in German-speaking countries in plays directed by Einar Schleef, Robert Wilson, Claus Peymann, Luk Perceval and Frank Castorf. He has captivated Movimentos audiences since 2007 in films and readings including Schluss mit den Meisterwerken (2012), Lob der Toleranz (2013) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (2014).