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Irina and Nikolai in lockdown for eternity

Irina and Nikolai live in a 2-person flat in the middle of the corona lockdown.
Irina wants to become an influencer and persuades Nikolai to film her everyday life in the apartment.
A chaotic, philosophical video diary is created.

Nikolai tries to make life as pleasant as possible for the melancholic Irina. Irina is obsessed with the idea that life has more to give than it currently offers her. At the beginning of the video diary she is still in an exhilarated mood of departure. Gradually, however, she grows tired of her everyday life in the shared apartment and glorifies work as the real meaning of life that makes her happy. But the longed-for satisfaction does not materialize even after home office work and make-up tutorials. Irina finds simple, uncreative activities draining and tiring.
What she doesn't register in the cycle of her fatal listlessness : Nikolai, her roommate and cameraman tries to confess his secret love to her while shooting a video...

The template for the text and the characters Irina and Nikolai come from Chekhov's mood drama "Three Sisters", published in 1904.
His text about the slow fading of dreams and the relentless passage of time, comes grotesquely close to the emotional world of two young people during the lockdown.
Irina's poetically exaggerated comments on life contrast with the absurdity and banality of modern everyday life, in which two roommates talk past each other despite their closeness and isolation from the outside world.
Chekhov's characters are tragicomic projection screens of his own melancholy social class, which he considers incapable of giving any impetus to social development.

  • Johannes Franke
    Séance, EWE
  • Johannes Franke
  • Josepha Grünberg
  • Anton Chekhov
  • Johannes Franke
  • Josepha Grünberg
  • Josepha Grünberg
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  • Johannes Franke
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    Irina und Nikolai im ewigen Lockdown
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    19 minutes 4 seconds
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    December 24, 2021
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Director Biography - Johannes Franke

Johannes Franke is a longtime film actor ("Counterpart", "SOKO", "Tatort", "The Mountain Medic", "Großstadtrevier", "Polizeiruf 110" and many more) and has learned to love the medium of film over the years, and not just in front of the camera. In his early 20s, he held his first camera in his hands and, as the digital cameras learned to shoot moving pictures, he became a self-taught cinematographer in the film industry. The desire to tell his own stories is now evident in his directorial work. In 2011, his first short film "EWE" was released. The film designs in a documentary way a dark and yet ironic dystopia of a world where violation of privacy is a civic duty. "Séance", his second shortfilm, recieved 14 Awards and was screened at over 40 Filmfestivals worldwide.
"Irina and Nikolai in lockdown for eternity" is his third directorial work.

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