All of a Sudden

Directed by Asli Özge
Memento
2016
112 Minutes
Germany, Netherlands
German, Russian
Drama, Mystery
Not Rated
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After the party in Karsten's apartment, everybody leaves except Anna. Admiringly, Karsten approaches this mysterious woman. How could he have known, that in a moment of weakness, his well-established life would spiral out of control and turn into a disaster? In this small provincial German town, disappointment soon fuels anger, justice hides behind hypocrisy, and evil gradually unfolds.

  • Highest Rating
    "Pricking the bubble of bourgeois complacency is something that European art cinema can be counted on to do with stalwart regularity– but the operation is handled with particular grace in All of a Sudden (Auf Einmal), a first German-language feature from Turkish writer-director Aslı Özge. Ostensibly a mystery thriller – although the real enigma revolves around psychological and social motives rather than the inciting incident as such - Özge’s drama unpeels the layers of its protagonist, and of his social milieu, to increasingly uncomfortable effect."
    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "A drama with strong thriller elements, and even an effective and unexpected touch of Lynchian mystery in one of the key scenes."
    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa
  • Highest Rating
    "Asli Özge harnesses a dazzling array of arresting images and smart plot twists. The actors are excellent...."
    Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight
  • Highest Rating
    "Convincing German drama delves with a mysterious death, class divides and family allegiances, and it has a nice David Fincher-esque finish."
    Alasdair Bayman, Dirty Movies
  • Highest Rating
    "[B]old and rewarding.... A drama that expertly combines suspense, social satire, psychological study and ethical analysis,... The incisive, insightful script is well served by strong but nuanced performances, by elegant and expressive camerawork, and by Őzge’s assured handling of the unexpected turns and tonal shifts in her wholly compelling narrative."
    Geoff Andrew, Sight & Sound

Awards & Recognition

Winner
Label Europa Cinemas - Special Mention
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Winner
FIPRESCI Prize
Istanbul Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
London Film Festival
Official Selection
Vancouver Int'l. Film Festival