Archive of films The Unpolished / Die Unerzogenen

2006, 95 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2007

The story of a girl caught up in the complicated world of her unstable, fairly atypical parents. A powerful debut about a dysfunctional family where it’s hard to tell who is looking after whom; the film won one of the three main prizes at the Rotterdam Film Festival.


Stevie, a precocious 14-year-old girl, is forced to share the nomadic ways of her fairly atypical parents. When they decide to move to a small provincial town in Germany, Stevie attempts to start a normal life. Whilst her parents escape their responsibilities as usual, Stevie tries to make a good impression in town. And she makes progress. Yet the good weather doesn’t last and, before long, she discovers that her parents have once more resorted to illegal means as a way of supporting their leisurely lifestyle. As friends and hangers-on of her parents fill their new home, the chaos starts to worsen. It is in this atmosphere of physical and emotional decay that Stevie must now start to define herself and perhaps even break free. A powerful debut about a family where the roles of parents and their children are reversed, where it’s hard to decide who is looking after whom.

About the director

Pia Marais (b. 1971, Johannesburg) grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied sculpture and then photography at art academies in London, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf before she turned to film at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie (DFFB) in Berlin. After several jobs in the film business as casting director, assistant director, writer and director of three short films, she made her first feature-length film The Unpolished (Die Unerzogenen, WPRO Tiger Award at IFF Rotterdam 2007).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Pia Marais
Screenplay: Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
Dir. of Photography: Diego Martinez Vignatti
Music: Jochen Arbeit, Yoyo Röhm, Horst Markgraf
Editor: Daniela Boch, Mona Bräuer
Producer: Claudia Steffen, Chtistoph Friedel
Production: Pandora Film Produktion
Cast: Céci Chuh, Birol Ünel, Pascale Schiller, Georg Friedrich
Contact: The Match Factory


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