Section: Focus

A Promised Rose Garden

A Promised Rose Garden

Lisa Violetta Gaß
Germany, 2013, 33 Min

Two couples in Berlin: one, young and full of optimism, recently arrived in Berlin illegally from Vietnam. The others, long-settled in the German capital, could easily be their parents, in this insightful study of the Vietnamese migrant milieu and the ways in which these individuals’ search for home and happiness can lead to fateful clashes.

Lisa Violetta Gaß

A keenly observed social drama which exemplifies the enduring marginalized status of the Vietnamese diaspora across large parts of Central and East Europe. On the one hand the young: in order to pay back their debts she works as a housekeeper and he sells cigarettes. Contrast them with their elders: he has already climbed the social ladder and is now an authority within the Vietnamese cigarette mafia. The trendy house and incense sticks can’t compensate for the long and dark winters in Berlin however, and his wife longs to return home.

Lisa Violetta Gaß toys with the prevalent clichés which surround the Vietnamese diaspora, from the illegal trade in cigarettes and an overriding restlessness, to successful integration and domestic bliss, only to challenge them one at a time with a series of genre motives in this searching analysis of the sense of alienation that has gradually evolved between two generations of Vietnamese migrants in Germany. TB

DCP | Farbe / colour
Matthias von Schemm
Max Hüttermann
Moritz Mihoefer
Heike Gnida
Jörg Fahnenbruck
Jonas Gervink
Đỗ Thị Minh Tâm, Nguyễn Anh Đức, Thuỳ Linh Trần, Hoàng Bạc Ngân, Lynn Femme, Hoàng Hoa Đạo, Nguyễn Thanh Diệp, Nguyễn Thanh Tuyên
Felix von Boehm
Fachhochschule Dortmund
lupa film GmbH
Lisa Violetta Gaß
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Lisa Violetta Gaß

Lisa Violetta Gaß - born in 1984 in Bingen, Germany. Before she studied directing at the ifs internationale filmschule köln she worked as directing assistant. In 2013 she participated in the Berlinale Talents programme. She works as director and also as lecturer in directing and dramaturgy at the drama school schauspielfabrik Berlin.

ITALIENISCHE GÄRTEN (2003, short, doc)
WARTEN (2004, short)
TREIBEN (2007, short, doc)
GISBERTA (2009, short)

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