Daniel Michalos - 22'45"
Sternenkind is a short film about a couple (Julia and Hannes) that is awaiting their first child. In the last third of the pregnancy a lethal illness is diagnosed to the child which means that it will die before birth. The couple leaves the city for the countryside. Julia wants to get away from the friends and the expectations of being pregnant. Hannes is driving to work every day. Julia is left alone with the unborn child. While she is waiting for the child to die (inside her), the differences between the couple emerge and destroy their relationship.
Director not to present this film for Public, the Jury can award the film through private screening.
Daniel Michalos was born in 1977 in Berlin and spent half of his childhood and adolescence in Germany and the other half in Thessaloniki, Greece. After finishing high school he obtained degrees in Engineering (in Esslingen, Germany) and Media Sciences (in Tübingen, Germany) he started to get involved in theatre work. In Tübingen he worked as a lighting technician, actor, assistant director and director on various plays at the Brechtbautheater and the Landestheater Tübingen. The plays he has staged include “Five Women wearing the same dress” (Alan Ball), “The Maids” (Jean Genet),“Antigone” (after Jean Anouilh and Ioannis Ritsos) and “Closer” (Patrick Marber). While working as a consultant in the automotive industry and staging plays he also worked on several short films. In 2012 he took the craft of filmmaking further with an MA at the London Film School, where he produced two and edited another two graduation films. He then shot his own graduation film “Sternenkind” in January 2015 in Berlin, Germany. His films concentrate on the subject of loneliness in today’s society. Whether we are in a different country or in the safeness of our family or even trying to fight the feeling of being alone. His future plans include a theatre production of “Der Hässliche” (The Ugly) by Marius von Mayenburg in Stuttgart, Germany, and working on a feature script.