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Black Box

Directed by
Asli Özge
Luise Heyer,
Felix Kramer,
Christian Berkel
Film Language
in German with English subtitles

When an apartment building is put under lockdown by police after an undisclosed event, tensions within the tight-knit community escalate on multiple fronts.

Frustrations boil over and conflicts collide as residents unite to take legal action against their landlord. The discovery of a corpse in an abandoned unit forces the residents to confront their personal politics and prejudices.

The boundaries of power, fear, and community are tested, raising unsettling questions about the rights and autonomy of those who call this courtyard home. Their preconceived biases deepen the divisions, unearthing long-buried conflicts as residents reveal their true natures, driven by personal agendas in a complex web of capitalism and power.

About the Filmmaker

Aslı Özge was born in Istanbul and has lived in Berlin since 2000. After graduating from the Marmara University Film & TV Academy, she made her debut film, MEN ON THE BRIDGE (2009), which had its international premiere at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals. The film was screened at more than 40 festivals and received various awards, including the Best Turkish Film Award. Özge's next two films, LIFELONG (2013) and her first German-language film, ALL OF A SUDDEN (2016), premiered at the Berlinale. ALL OF A SUDDEN was awarded the Europa Cinemas Special Label as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and was screened in various European countries. In 2020, Özge directed DARKTOWN, a miniseries for ZDFNeo. BLACK BOX is Özge's second German-language film.

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