23min | Short, Drama, Romance | 25 March 2012 (UK)
Prora, on the Baltic Sea. Mysterious, endless. In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that puts their friendship at risk.
I saw this as part of a collection of short films at last month’s London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival … and this was the film that stayed with me most.
The location is absolutely stunning, and the film makes the most of it with truly haunting images – and it is these that linger in the mind long after the film finishes …
The storyline is somewhat derivative, but the character of Jan is well formed, and you can really feel his emotions.
The ending is one of those which leaves it up to you to decide – which I like, as I imagine the different possibilities … but if you’re the sort of person who wants everything to be nicely sewn up, prepare to be disappointed!
Director: Stephane Riethauser
Writer: Stephane Riethauser
Stars: Swen Gippa, Tom Gramenz
Country: Switzerland | Germany
Language: German | French
Release Date: 29 September 2012 (USA)
Also Known As: Город Прора