In this section’s opening film, Aslı Özge looks right into the mind of the German middle class. During an emergency, the residents of an apartment building in Berlin drop all pretense of human decency.
Due to an unexplained incident outside an apartment building in Berlin, the police block the entrances to the courtyard, and a tense situation ensues. Uncertainty among the residents fuels fears. Suspicion and panic spread; prejudice leads to polarization. The courtyard is a microcosm, with relationships based on power and profit. Perhaps the real danger is not from outside, but from within.
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Meet the director
Aslı Özge was born in Istanbul and has lived in Berlin since 2000. After graduating from the Marmara University Film & TV Academy, she made her debut film, MEN ON THE BRIDGE (2009), which had its international premiere at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals. The film was screened at more than 40 festivals and received various awards, including the Best Turkish Film Award. Özge's next two films, LIFELONG (2013) and her first German-language film, ALL OF A SUDDEN (2016), premiered at the Berlinale. ALL OF A SUDDEN was awarded the Europa Cinemas Special Label as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and was screened in various European countries. In 2020, Özge directed DARKTOWN, a miniseries for ZDFNeo. BLACK BOX is Özge's second German-language film.