Lose My Self
by Jan Schomburg
Lena Ferben (Maria Schrader) has been married to her husband Tore (Johannes Krisch) for many years when she suddenly loses her self. The doctors call her condition retrograde amnesia; undiagnosed meningitis is the reason for why she no longer has access to that which medicine calls biographical memory. Yet how peculiarly the brain functions: language is still available, but the words are not linked to experiences. Rain... Comedy... Faithfulness... Gender... Love... Husband- concepts floating in a vacuum removed from the grounding of their meanings. Tore attempts to show Lena the way to her self, show who she was to him and who he to her. A recap of previously experienced reality. How will it have been, being Lena Ferben? Lena tries it out as an actress might try out a role, whilst within her, concurrently, something new is developing - a separate individual personality that recoils from doing that which Lena's entire environment is encouraging and coercing her to do: to become herself.
Jan Schomburg was born in Aachen in 1976, after studying visual communications in the film and television department at Kassel College of Art he graduated in film directing from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM).
After making several short films, ABOVE US ONLY SKY (Über uns das All) marked his first theatrical feature, which won many awards such as Europa Cinema Award at Berlinale Panorama 2011.
2012 LOSE MY SELF
2011 ABOVE US ONLY SKY
2007 INNERE WERTE
Written and directed by Jan Schomburg
Produced by Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Cinematography by Marc Comes
Edited by Berd Euscher
Music by Tobias Wagner, Steven Schwalbe, Chris Bremus
Production design by Cora Pratz
Costume design by Ulrike Schafschwerdt
Format: DCP / 24 fps / 1:1.85 / Dolby Digital
Length: 93 min
Original language: German
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