Directed by Franziska Stunkel
This was an interesting psychological drama/thriller about the stresses of modern life and obsession with work and success. Sebastian Färber is an award winning architect, his genius is recognised, but in practice he struggles to get his avant-garde designs to be accepted over more utilitarian concepts. He's offered a chance to work on a secret project to design “The City of the Future” on the island of Vineta, supposedly an unoccupied former military base in the Baltic. He's taken to an isolated mansion where there are other specialists working on the same project. To be lazy and employ a cliché, all is not what it seems.
It's the director's first film, and that does show through in places. It's somewhat overly keen to explain itself and could have been done with a more nuanced view. There's a device of colour used through the film, with red signifying aggression and stress, and blue being a calming positive influence. This is carried through both in subtle background details and as whole-screen washes of intense colour. It's fairly effective but can get tiring through repetition. For a relatively low budget film, it was visually very pleasing, with a very consistent design and strong motifs held throughout. I'll definitely keep an eye out for Stunkel's next film given that a strong showing on her first.