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4 Kings (2015) German film directed by Theresa von Eltz. Duration: 99 min. German language with English subtitles.
Unable to cope with her parents' conflict, Alex makes a radical decision and finds herself in an adolescent psychiatric emergency unit for the Christmas holidays. There she meets three other young people who all share a history of escalating family conflicts. Lara, the striking daughter from an academic family, who's having acid flashbacks; shy Fedja, who is being bullied at school; and violent Timo, who has just been moved from the closed ward. Under the care of unorthodox psychiatrist Dr. Wolff, they will spend a Christmas together which they will never forget. More about 4 Kings here.
There will be a post-show discussion including the following panelists:
Michael Quinn, First Fortnight board member and panel chair.
Dr Elizabeth Barrett, Consultant in Psychological Medicine (Liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) at Children's University Hospital, Temple Street. More about Dr Elizabeth Barrett.
Anthony Burrowes, Outreach Coordinator at DCU and former Youth and Community Development Officer at Jigsaw, the national centre for Youth Mental Health.
Aoife Price, Student Mental Health Project Manager at USI, Union of Students in Ireland.
4 Kings Awards
Best Director for Theresa von Eltz at Braunschweig Internaitional Film Festival 2015.
Best Direction at Rome Film Festival 2015 - Section: Alice Nella Cittá.
Outstanding Feature Film at German Film Award 2016.
Best Director Debut at New Faces Awards 2016.
Best Film at Stockholm International Film Festival Junior 2016.