13 Semesters - Frieder Wittich - Germany
13 Semesters (13 Semester, 2009)
Director: Frieder Wittich
Who hasn't wondered whether the decisions made and the career paths chosen to study at university were the right ones... or just a terrible mistake? Eurochannel invites you to take the plunge headlong into this hilarious comedy offering a fresh and witty perspective on the matter. Find, along with Momo, the answer of the question and celebrate his long-awaited graduation... he's been studying for only 13 Semesters!
13 Semesters embraces six years of Momo's life as a student, having fun, being confronted with the serious aspects of life and trying to figure out his place in the world. Filmed in the life-pounding streets of Frankfurt and Darmstadt, the movie is a life-affirming comedy depicting the struggle and adventures of not just an atypical student, but also the dreams of a generation in Germany. Young people, striving to break free from the constraints of parental authority, emancipate and discover what life has in store for them.
With a sense of witty charm, director Frieder Wittich skillfully delivers this coming-of-age production deviating from the American cinema stereotypes of the genre. We follow the evolution of Momo's character and personality, on a transition which sees youthful enthusiasm at odds with deep depression, the character appeals the viewers to consider the answers to age-old existential questions like: What do one really wants in life? What one is doing here? And, when one will finally break free?
Take a trip back to the joyous university days and relish again all of the highs and lows that student life has to offer with 13 Semesters, on Eurochannel's German Month.
Bored by the little village where he lives in and afraid of ending up in the kitchen of his parents' hotel, Momo (Max Riemelt) decides to leave the rural area to go and study in the city. Alongside his friend Dirk (Robert Gwisdek) who excels academically and with his room-mate Bernd (Alexander Fehling), Momo discovers a brand new side to life outside the campus.
• Max Remelt is a renowned actor in Germany and played a role on the groundbreaking German film The Wave.