FIRST TIME [The Time for All but Sunset - VIOLET]

FIRST TIME [The Time for All but Sunset - VIOLET]

Director: Nicolaas Schmidt
Country: Germany

2021 | 50 min. | no dialogue
Subtitles: No Subtitles

Cast_ Aaron Hilmer, Fynn Grossmann Screenplay_ Nicolaas Schmidt Camera_ Nicolaas Schmidt, Julia Lohmann Producer_ Anne Döring, Nicolaas Schmidt Rights_ Nicolaas Schmidt

No words, hardly more than a single composition, and yet what is at stake is one of the big questions of the contemporary human condition. Is it a flirtation? Or are we just imagining it?

First time, first kiss – yes, it starts with the Coca-Cola commercial. And then: scenes in front of subway stations, the intersecting lines that make up the movements of a city, before we finally follow one of them, finding ourselves inside a subway car. A young man sits on one of four seats, another sits down in front of him. Is it a flirtation, a first tentative approach? Or do we just think it is – because of the title and the commercial at the beginning? The film plays with the expectations of its audience and relies entirely on its own images, leaving interpretations up to the viewers while leading them into emotional depths, towards the absurdity of existence. Above all, it is the quasi-documentary nature of the film that tells us something about the suggestive power of cinema per se. Very simple and so effective!


Born in Leipzig in 1979, filmmaker and video artist Nicolaas Schmidt lives in Hamburg, where at university he studied liberal arts, time-based media and film. His works have been presented internationally many times. 'Final Stage' screened at the Berlinale in 2017 and won a special jury prize.


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