Two A.M. (4K, color, 40 min., English, 2016) is based on Irmgard Keun’s novel After Midnight (1937), about the rise of the Nazis. Set in an urban society of control, contortion, and confounding, the fantasy film stages the entangled lives, loves, and temper of protagonist Sanna, her family, and her friends:
“Sanna bridles at her aunt’s traditional ways. Her adopted family are members of the Watchers, powerful information-obsessives whose unusual telepathic abilities and sociopolitical pretensions only manage to get on Sanna’s nerves. But after she abandons the family home and her young lover for the city, her dream of a brilliant urban life quickly falls flat. From her half-sister Algin, in despair over a faded singing career, to Algin’s depressive and love-obsessed partner Lisko, to Hedy, the splenetic, paranoid journalist who’s inadvertently caught Lisko’s eye, everyone in the big city seems to be totally wrapped up in their own serial dramas and star-crossed affairs. She quickly acquires a problem of her own when her lover, Franz, reappears in the city along with her unpredictable, sinister Watcher sisters. Sanna and her friends bounce from bar to bar towards a party that will bring everyone’s minor ennuis and compulsive intimacies together with unforgettable results.” Jeff Nagy (film script co-author)
Sanna: She’s got hooks in you. That’s why the songs go bad!
Algin: The public can tell. But it’s not Betty. It’s the business, no gigs, new styles. It’s silly. I can only be so many versions of me.
Sanna: How much is this one costing you?