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Breck Film Fest: ‘Bis Gleich’ is a quiet gem of a short drama

Beth Groundwater
Special to the Daily

“Bis Gleich” is a quiet gem of a short drama that will appear in the upcoming Breckenridge Film Festival, which is packed full of films that will make you laugh or cry, gasp in fear or wonder and that will stir your heart. “Bis Gleich,” which is German for “see you soon” or “till then,” is a film about “an unspoken connection between two elderly neighbors, who share a daily ritual but who have never actually met, that deepens when they face the inevitable … together,” according to the filmmaker.

A man and a woman sit at their respective windows across from each other on a busy street in Berlin, Germany, and observe the interesting minor dramas unfolding on the street below them. They never speak, but they acknowledge each other’s presence. But then one day, the man does not appear. What should the woman do?

Instead of relying on a preponderance of dialogue to express emotion and move the story forward, the scriptwriter, Tara Lynn Orr, and director, Benjamin Wolff, expertly use the characters’ actions to tenderly reveal the story to the viewer, the courage it takes for the woman to act and the bittersweet result. This 19-minute smile awaits you at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 20. It will screen with a block of three films starting at 6 p.m., including “Things I Have Learned About Sex and Dogs” and “That Thing with the Cat.”

The Breckenridge Film Festival, which brings more than 50 independent films, their filmmakers and festivalgoers to Breck from Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21, offers chances to meet filmmakers, panel discussions, plenty of parties and mingling and the Adventure Reel for young and young-at-heart audiences. Learn more about this and other films online at http://www.breckfilmfest.com.


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