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The Ordinaries

Directed by Sophie Linnenbaum

Cast: Fine Sendel, Henning Peker, Jule Böwe, Noah Tinwa, Sira-Anna Faal

Roxie invitation-only screening is sold-out/at capacity.
Limited tickets available to the public for the added Vogue screening.

The international jury of Youth 4 German Cinema has chosen the alternate-reality, sci-fi dramedy “The Ordinaries” by German director Sophie Linnenbaum as its 2023 Youth 4 German Cinema Award winner. Youth 4 German Cinema celebrates 10 years at the 27th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (March 23-26, 2023). These special screenings of “The Ordinaries” on Friday, March 24th will be its West Coast Premiere, following its US Premiere at SXSW.

In Person at the Festival: Noah Tinwa, Actor

The 2023 Youth Jury Members:

  • ​Daryan Mostashfi​ (Ohio, USA)
  • Onima Street (Washington, USA)
  • Jun Lilly Wang (Missouri, USA)
  • Ray (Minrui) Wu (Ontario, Canada)

Jury Statement:
The Ordinaries indulged us in a gorgeous yet brutal high-concept world where every design was thoroughly explored and utilized. Purpose-filled scenes drive the plot in unpredictable directions, creating much success with a fresh idea. The bizarre world that the main characters, supporting characters, and outtakes find themselves in reverberates far after the credit rolls and far beyond the fourth wall they live in.”

The invitation-only Roxie screening for “The Ordinaries” is sold-out/at capacity. The added Vogue screening has a limited amount of tickets for sale to the public. The majority of the seats for the Vogue screening will be for participating schools that are registered with the Goethe-Institut Step Into German program.
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About the Film:
In a repressive three class-society, Paula, a simple Supporting Character, is about to face the most important test of her life: she has to prove she deserves to be a Lead. She is at the top of her class at the Main Character School – but so far has failed in generating great emotional music. In search of a solution, she finds herself in the abyss of the cinematic world, on the fringes of the storyline and lost amongst the Outtakes.

The Ordinaries won two German Cinema New Talent Awards for Director and for Producer at the 2022 Munich International Film Festival, and the Children’s and Youth Film Award of the Goethe-Institut at the 2022 International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLiNGEL.

US Distributor: Kino Lorber, New York City

Dates & Times


Roxie Theater

Fri, Mar 24
10:00 am

Vogue Theatre

Fri, Mar 24
11:30 am