- original title
- Ende der Schonzeit
- Franziska Schlotterer
- Germany, Israel
- 100 min
“Completely convinving.” – Variety
Winning Best Actress and Jury Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival, Franziska Schlotterer’s atmospheric Closed Season begins in Israel with a young German, Max, looking for his biological father, Avi – only he can solve the mystery of Max’s conception. Reluctantly Avi tells the story and the action rewinds back to the German-Swiss border, 1942.
Found by a German farmer, Avi, then Albert, is given refuge but at a price. The impotent farmer asks Albert to impregnate his wife. This unusual scenario elicits intense performances from its three leads – the simple brutish farmer, the sexually awakened wife and the educated Albert, at their mercy.
Winner: Jury Prize and Best Actress, Montreal World Film Festival 2012