A Fairy Tale of an Unusual Place in the Universe
Graduation film 2014 of the ifs internationale filmschule köln
Germany 2014 | 20 min. | Feature Film
Once upon a time there was a girl named Helene. And because her father was king and her mother queen, she had to be princess.
So the nine-year-old Helene begins to tell her own story in her paper theatre. After all, a princess can do everything. Really everything.
A freedom that quickly turns out to be a prison, because the architecture of the kingdom is so all-encompassing and powerful that it no longer needs any prohibitions.
The impossibility of leaving traces or even changing something makes Helene increasingly passive. When the court physician also wants to treat her “melancholy” with medication, Helene takes this opportunity to throw the crown into the castle pond and break it out.
A day like no other follows. Helene learns to cycle, injures herself and finds a friend in 8 1/2 year old Paul. He takes care of her wounds and shows her his favourite place high up on the roofs. Here above the city, everything loses its previous meaning: houses, trains, princesses, kingdoms – everything just made up!
But in the evening the king with Helene’s crown stands in front of the door and wants to pick her up.
Helene and Paul look at each other. Their own place in the universe could indeed be impossible. Or even not! They disappear a second time.
This time perhaps forever.