Title: “Tha Bra” (2018) 90 min
Country: Germany, Azerbaijan
Director: Veit Helmer
Genre: Poetic Comedy
Synopsis: Train driver Nurlan is heading to Baku for the last time before retirement. On its way round the neighborhoods of the city his train snags a blue bra off a washing line. To escape from his lonely existence, Nurlan embarks on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner of this perky piece of underwear. He rents a small room in Baku and begins his quest. With great dedication, Nurlan knocks at every door along the train track. While the women he encounters have their own reasons for letting him into their private worlds, his ‘project’ does not remain unnoticed by their husbands. The more difficult it gets, however, the more creative and determined Nurlan becomes to convince every woman to try on the bra.
Director’s Biography: Veit Helmer shot his first film at the age of 14. He moved from West to East Germany three months before the fall of the Berlin Wall to study directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1991-1996 he studied directing at the film academy HFF Munich.
His films (Tuvalu, Absurdistan and Baikonur) were invited to major festivals, including Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Sundance. His films altogether received more than 180 awards.
Writer: Veit Helmer, Leonie Geisinger
Actors: Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlović, Paz Vega, Chulpan Khamatova, Denis Lavant, Maia Morgenstern
No dialogue/no subtitles