FAMILY COMMITMENTS

FAMILIE VERPFLICHTET

By Hanno OLDERDISSEN

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Comedy - Completed 2015

To get married is easy, but will things still go smoothly when it involves a homophobic Arab father, a pseudo-orthodox Jewish mother and an unexpected pregnancy? David and Khaled need to set a lot of things straight before they can say the vows and live happily ever after.

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Ventana Sur 2016
European Cinema
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Jewish, LGBT
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN, ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Hanno OLDERDISSEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Lucas BANUSCHA, Michael COMTESSE
    • Producer(s)
    • Knut JÄGER (Heimathafen Film & Media GmbH), Sebastian WEYLAND (Heimathafen Film & Media GmbH)
    • Synopsis
    • The happy gay couple DAVID (38) and Khaled (29) would love to marry publicly. The jewish-born art gallery owner DAVID is asking his ethnic arab partner Khaled to marry him, when his father ALEDRISSI senior with his daughter AJNA (15) bursts in. What a big disappointment for David! It’s not the first time, that Khaled is unable to manage his outing. When David returns home and starts a discussion with Khaled there is only little time to breathe: SARAH (19), highly pregnant, is ringing at the door claiming that David is the father. They met at a vernissage and went to an SM club. If he doesn’t remember? Now Khaled is very disappointed, also because David doesn’t recognize the fathership and furthermore sees an adoption as absolutely impossible.. Davids mother Lea on the other hand, sees the baby as a gift and sign of god. She promises to solve Davids financial problems with the gallery, if he recognizes the paternity. At the same time, a local "Middle East conflict" ignites, because the brash Lea – as the new managing director of the Jewish Community of Hanover – cancels the lease for Aledrissis arab restaurant. But that's not enough: Due to a big misunderstanding Aledrissi now also believes that Khaled’s girlfreind is pregant and that he is going to become a grandfather soon. Finally, Khaled and David make a deal: Outing for adoption! While Khaled makes David believe that he finally made it and outed himself in front of his father what he actually didn’t do, he secretly asks Davids gallery assistant Petra – who aims to become an actress – to play a "surrogate mother" when meeting his father. David in turn sweats blood and water, because of the creative crisis of his best and only left artist NILS, on whom lay all hopes in David’s increasing financial crisis. Step by step the whole pack of lies become an increasingly fuss until with a big bang, the painful truth gets revealed. As old habits die hard, everyone involved finally has to bring in himself to find each other in order to give the newly born baby a happy new multiculti family.
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