English / Engelsk
Center of My World
Die Mitte der Welt
17-year-old Phil lives with his twin sister Diane and their mother, Glass, in a mansion in the countryside. The three of them lives a life in stark contrast to the heteronormative society around them. The absence of the father has frustrated Phil most of his life, but when a hand- some boy begins in his class his mind is taken o these concerns. A romantic drama develops in a liberatingly lighthearted way that denies to make any cliché-ridden detours through the characters’ internal struggles with their own sexual identity. Instead the film evolves into a much more complex story than what it appears on the surface.
The film is adapted from an award-winning and critically acclaimed young adult novel by Andreas Steinhofel, and follows the books magical realist tone with an energetic and playful cinematic language. Director Jakob M. Erwa is clearly drawing upon inspiration from Xavier Dolan, Jean-Marc Vallee, Nicholas Roeg and Sofia Coppola, but he his idols in an innovative way to tell a gorgeous coming-of-age story.