The versatile Carla Juri (so great in past MFF selections Wetlands and Morris from America) portrays Paula Becker, a provincial German woman who bucked societal trends in the early 1900s to pursue a career in art, embracing her wild emotions while crafting works that would later come to be recognized as exemplars of the Expressionist movement. An empowering period piece espousing feminist ideals in an era that was inhospitable to outspoken women, Paula is a long-overdue tribute to an artist well ahead of her time.
Cast Joel Basman, Roxane Duran, Carla Juri, Albrecht Schuch, Nicki von Tempelhoff, Stanley Weber
Producer Christoph Friedel, Ingelore König, Claudia Steffen
Screenwriter Stefan Kolditz, Stephan Suschke
Cinematographer Frank Lamm
Editor Jens Klüber