Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
Director Simon Jaquemet is expected to attend both screenings.
A take-no-prisoners deep dive into religious belief, Simon Jaquemet’s daring and devious second feature profiles Ruth, an evangelical woman who works in an animal testing facility and believes her former lover has mysteriously returned. As the past invades the present, Ruth’s orderly life becomes tumultuous, and she pinballs from prayer camps to sex clubs while trying to understand if her old boyfriend is more than a figment of her imagination. The Innocent is bold and adventurous fare, filmed in cool tones but fired by Judith Hoffmann’s extraordinary performance in the central role.
“Jaquemet creates a mesmerizing and tense atmosphere for Ruth’s soul-searching as the drama imperceptibly plays out somewhere between reality and a dreamplace. The centerpiece of the film brings Ruth and her husband to a Kubrickian nightclub where she confronts her demons during a hypnotic bacchanal…The Innocent is a masterfully directed character study in moral gravity.” – Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
Berlin & Beyond
Simon Jaquemet studied film directing at Zurich University of the Arts. After making a number of shorts, he made his feature debut with War (2014), winner of the Max Ophüls Award for Best Feature Film at the Max Ophüls Festival. The Innocent is his second feature.
Language Swiss German
Director Simon Jaquemet
Producer Tolga Dilsiz, Aurelius Eisenreich
Writer Simon Jaquemet
Editor Christof Schertenleib
Cinematographer Gabriel Sandru
Cast Judith Hofmann, Naomi Scheiber, Christian Kaiser
Original Language Title Der unschuldige