Franziska Schonenberger, Jayakrishna Subramanian, Denmark, 2013, 89’
Direction: Franziska Schonenberger, Jayakrishna Subramanian
Cast: Christine&Albert Schonenberger, Viruthambal Subramanian, Subramanian Duraisamy
Photography: Minsu Park
Producers: Ferdinand Freising, Cosima von Spreti, Marina Voeth
Co-producers: Sonja Scheider, Natalie Lambsdorff
Production: University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich)
A documentary culture clash between India and Germany: Amma & Appa – Tamil for Mother and Father – tells the story of two married couples – both around the same age, both married for more than thirty years; yet from totally different cultural settings: Bavaria and India. They come together because their children have fallen in love and want to shoot a documentary film about this meeting of cultures. Amma & Appa is a humorous and sensitive exploration of the biographies and love stories of two (actually three) couples, who are so different …but only at first glance.
Jayakrishnan Subramanian studied Graphic Design at the National Institute of Design after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Madras University. He is currently doing his MFA in Media Art at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. He is working together with Franziska on his first feature lenght experimental-documentary Palai Nizhalgal – Shadow of the Desert.. His films include: Breathing Walls (2010), A Bride’s Lost Suitcase (2013) and Amma & Appa (2014).
Franziska Schonenberger lives and works in Munich as a writer and director. For her work as a journalist in India she received several awards. After her Masters in Media Studies, she worked for major German broadcasters. She is currently studying Directing in the Documentary department at the University of Television and Film Munich. Her films include: For Elli (2010), Protect Everyone I Love (2011) and Amma & Appa (2014).
Festival and awards:
• Berlinale 2014 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
• Warsaw Film Festival 2014
• Mumbai Film Festival 2014
• Beldocs 2014
• Zagreb Film Festival 2014