Familiar Circles

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German
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In his documentary, that premiered at the Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis, Jonas Rothlaender follows the deep quarrels in his family, which affect him in the third generation. When will it stop? The filmmaker seeks out the conflict origins and lands at doorstep of his grandfather. During his lifetime, 90-year-old Günther squandered several million dollarss, including the entire fortune of his then wife Anne, on failed stock market speculations. Now, Günther is obsessed with settling his debts (and assuaging his guilty conscious) by scoring one last big deal. Director Jonas Rothlaender digs deep at the roots of this seemingly hopeless family conflict. It originated with his grandparents, was passed on to his mother and eventually took root in his own life.