• I Was At Home, But...

I Was at Home, But...

a film by Angela Schanelec
2019, 105 minutes


I Was at Home, But... tells the story of Astrid (Maren Eggert), a forty-something mother of two, struggling to regain her balance in the wake of her husband’s death. Her adolescent son Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges.

In her signature elliptical style and with a gentle sense of humor, Schanelec weaves together these narrative strands and more—a school production of Hamlet, a pair of teachers deciding whether to start a family, a donkey and a dog who share a home—to create an indelible picture of a small community grappling with fundamental questions of existence.


"A complex, challenging but brilliant work."
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Exquisitely cryptic."
- Guy Lodge, Variety

"Gorgeously immersive... calmly, radically mystifying."
- Jessica Kiang, BFI

"Masterful in its subtlety, Schanelec once again proves her expert vision using unexpectedly simple parameters in complex ways."
- Nicholas Bell, IONcinema

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Feb 7: Film at Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Feb 10: Harvard Film Archive - Boston, MA
Feb 14-20: Film at Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Feb 28-Mar 5: Laemmle Royal - Los Angeles, CA
Feb 28-Mar 5: Digital Gym Cinema - San Diego, CA
Feb 28-Mar 5: Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL
Feb 28-Mar 5: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center - Lincoln, NE
Feb 28: Duke University Cinema - Durham, NC

Mar 3: The Public Cinema - Knoxville, TN
Mar 6-12: Plaza Theatre - Atlanta, GA
Mar 6-12: Sie FilmCenter - Denver, CO
Mar 6-12: Gateway Film Center - Columbus, OH
Mar 6-12: Bill Cosford Cinema - Coral Gables, FL
Mar 6-8, 14: Webster Film Series - St. Louis, MO
Mar 8-9: Alamo Drafthouse New Mission - San Francisco, CA
Mar 8: Portland International Film Festival - Portland, OR
Mar 11-15: Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA

Apr 3-4: Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 11-26: Time & Space Ltd - Hudson, NY
Apr 17 & 19: Harpur Cinema at Binghamton University - Binghamton, NY

May 6: Beverly Arts Center - Chicago, IL

Festivals & Awards

Winner - Best Director - Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Best Director - Mar del Plata Festival
Winner - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award - San Sebastián Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival


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