About the Event
Straight from its world premiere at Berlinale, the directorial debut of actor Daniel Brühl, Next Door, will open the 2021 Festival. The opening night reception includes a glass of wine and German delicacies.
Daniel (a self-deprecating Brühl) leads an enviable life. A famous actor, he lives in a stylish penthouse apartment in Berlin’s hip Prenzlauer Berg district with his wife and children. One morning, as he prepares to jet off to London to screen-test for a ‘top-secret’ new American superhero blockbuster, he pops into the local dive bar to kill some time. There, he meets middle-aged Bruno (a deliciously sardonic Peter Kurth, Babylon Berlin), initially dismissing him as a fan.
But far from it, Bruno is in fact Daniel’s neighbour, and has been awaiting this moment. As the two banter, Bruno begins nitpicking the increasingly exasperated (and now late for his flight) Daniel’s career, gradually revealing a far more intimate knowledge of Daniel’s life than is comfortable…
Written for the screen by best-selling German author Daniel Kehlmann, Brühl’s two-hander combines verbal sparring with Schadenfreude for a wryly entertaining comedy of wits and secrets that will have you going home and making sure you know who lives next door.
“Sharp-minded and engrossing drama of wits and secrets.” - Deadline Hollywood Daily
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Competition), Berlin International Film Festival 2021.
Dates & Tickets
DATE: Wednesday June 2
TIME: 7:00 pm arrival | 7:30 pm film