A E I O U – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe

A E I O U – A Quick Alphabet of Love

Anna is 60 and her acting heyday is now behind her. She lives on her own but has a friend and confidant in her downstairs neighbour Michel (Udo Kier), who is also single. Reluctantly, Anna accepts a job as a language coach for 17-year-old Adrian who has a speech impediment and is something of a misfit. She recognises him as the boy who recently snatched her handbag in the street ... “Irresistible” is the term that springs to mind when describing this light-footed and humorous story of an impossible love affair between a thief and a lady. Director Nicolette Krebitz handles the fragile balance between the dictates of society and the heart with great care. The fresh breath of freedom blows through a narrative that makes room for a nod to old West Berlin, some gentle teasing of Germany’s French neighbours, and even a ghost that is chased away to make way for new possibilities. But most of all, A E I O U is a passionate love letter to Sophie Rois and, perhaps through her, all the brilliant actors neglected by an industry all too fond of young blood. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
A E I O U – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe (A E I O U – A Quick Alphabet of Love, 2022) - Wild (2016) - Deutschland 09 (2009, segment "Die Unvollendete") - Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald (2006) - Jeans (2000)
European Panorama Fiction · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2022
Nicolette Krebitz
Germany / France 2022
104 minutes
German / French
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Nicolette Krebitz
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Editing Bettina Böhler
Sound/Sounddesign Uve Haußig, Luise Hofmann
With Sophie Rois, Udo Kier, Milan Herms, Nicolas Bridet
Producer(s) Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Jean-Christophe Reymond, Peter Hartwig
Komplizen Film, Kazak Productions, kineo Filmproduktion, SWR, ARTE
World Sales
The Match Factory
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
World Premiere
Berlinale 2022