Festival premiere in Frankfurt

The feature-length documentary GEMEINSAM NÜCHTERN by Fabian Schmalenberg celebrates its world premiere at the 15th Lichter Filmfest.

The film about four addicted people on their way to a life free of drugs will be screened at the 15th Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International (10.05. - 15.05. 2022) in the section "Regional Feature Film".

For one year, Fabian Schmalenbach (director, screenplay) and Moritz Mössinger (camera) follow four protagonists on the Fleckenbühl farm as they tried to lead a sober life. Hof Fleckenbühl is located near Marburg and is a self-help facility where addicted people have the opportunity to start a drug-free life.

The concept of the self-help facility, which emerged from the Berlin self-help community "Synanon" and works without doctors and therapists, is disputed. Several hundred people come to the farm every year. Like them, Miguel and Ingrid have to find their way around the facility's strictly hierarchical system. All personal belongings such as mobile phones are taken from the newcomers, they are not allowed to leave the farm grounds unaccompanied for the first six months, and they are not allowed to have any contact with people outside the farm. While the rigid rules are good for Miguel and give him stability, Ingrid is more and more often getting into trouble and questioning parts of the system.

GEMEINSAM NÜCHTERN is a production by Kinescope Film (Matthias Greving, Frauke Lodders) and was funded by HessenFilm und Medien mbH and nordmedia.

Photo: Fabian Schmalenbach/Moritz Mössinger