I Was at Home, But...
By Angela Schanelec
105 min | 2019 | Germany/Servia

A 13-year-old boy disappeared without trace for a week. The film begins with his reappearance in the school yard, dirty and changed. What he was looking for – an extreme closeness to nature or death, triggered by the recent loss of his father – his mother and teachers can only guess. The boy’s behaviour invalidates what they have taken for granted until now.

Screenplay: Angela Schanelec | Cinematography: Ivan Marković | Editing: Angela Schanelec | Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka | Producer: Jana Cisar | With: Maren Eggert, Jakob Lassalle, Clara Möller, Franz Rogowski, Lilith Stangenberg, Alan Williams, Jirka Zett, Dane Komljen | Original title: Ichwarzuhause, aber

2019 Ich war zuhause, aber (I Was at Home, But) | 2016 Der traumhafteWeg (The Dreamed Path) | 2014 The Bridges of Sarajevo/Princip Text (short) | 2010 Orly | 2009 Deutschland 09/Erster Tag (short) | 2007 Nachmittag (Afternoon) | 2004 Marseille | 2001 Mein langsamesLeben (Passing Summer) | 1998 Plätze in Städten (Places in Cities) | 1995 Das GlückmeinerkleinenSchwester (My Sister’s Good Fortune) | 1993 Ich bin den Sommerüber in Berlin geblieben (I Stayed in Berlin All Summer)


Berlin International Film Festival 2019 (Silver Bear – Best Direction) | FEST International Film Festival 2019 (Jury Prize – National Program) | IndieLisboa 2019 | Belgrade Film Festival | Hong Kong International Film Festival


Born in Aalen, Baden-Württemberg, in 1962, Angela Schanelec studies acting in Frankfurt am Main. Between 1984 and 1991, she works at several German playhouses before studying film directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin. She has been an independent film author and director since 1995. In 2005, she founds Nachmittagfilm. She is also a film lecturer at HochschulefürbildendeKünste in Hamburg.