An emigrant family wants to make a new start on the coast of the Arctic Sea. Instead, a terrible accident calls everything into question. What role does guilt play in our happiness?
Polar night at the edge of the Arctic Sea – for two months the sun doesn't rise above the horizon. In a magical twilight, amidst snow and ice, a family of German expatriates hopes for a new beginning: Niels (JÜRGEN VOGEL), Maria (BIRGIT MINICHMAYR) and son Markus (HENRY STANGE). But soon after they arrive, Niels and Maria sense that their new surroundings will not be able to save their withering relationship. Niels throws himself into his work as an engineer – and into an affair. Maria does overtime at the hospice, and Markus struggles with puberty and his new fellow students. But then one night a terrible accident occurs that changes everything. The coldness in their hearts subsides and, miraculously, the tragedy becomes a turning point for all three family members: the secret shared by Maria and Niels forces them to confront their lives – and leads them on the path towards redemption and mercy.
Screenings Berlinale 2012 - IN COMPETITION
Friday | Feb 10th | 4:30 p.m. | CinemaxX 2 | PRIVATE
Sunday | Feb 12th | 4:00 p.m. | Cubix 4 | PRIVATE
Thursday | Feb 16th | 12:00 p.m. | Berlinale Palast | PRESS
Thursday | Feb 16th | 7:00 p.m. | Berlinale Palast | PREMIERE
Friday | Feb 17th | 12:00 p.m. | Friedrichstadtpalast
Friday | Feb 17th | 10:30 p.m. | Friedrichstadtpalast
Saturday | Feb 18th | 2:30 p.m. | Friedrichstadtpalast
Sunday | Feb 19th | 3:00 p.m. | Friedrichstadtpalast
“Mercy is beautifully shot and features sterling performances…” (SCREEN INTERNATIONAL)
“The outstanding Berlin competition entry” (TAGESSPIEGEL)
„Mercy is elevated to bigscreen status by the sheer level of craft on display.” (VARIETY)