Features – Offline Film Festival


80,000 Schnitzel

Saturday 16 October | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre | 7.30pm


Berta Zenefels (84) has barely ever left her beloved farm, the “Zollhaus“ in Bavaria. Day by day, the born-landlady stands in the kitchen, where she has fried thousands of Schnitzels for her guests. A life shaped by hard work, a life that nobody wants to live anymore. But without a successor the heavily-indebted farm is threatened with bankruptcy. Then, her granddaughter appears out of nowhere and decides to save the family-owned farm. Her sister and the film’s director Hannah Schweier (39) is not too happy with the idea.

Followed by Q&A with director Hannah Schweier.


Saturday 16 October | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre | 5pm


Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, Limbo tells the story of a group of newly arrived immigrants awaiting the results of their asylum claims. It centres on Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who, thousands of miles from home, finds himself trapped by guilt, regret, and the grief he carries for the loss of his former identity. 

Separated from his family and burdened by a plaster cast on his arm, Omar wanders the starkly beautiful landscape searching for answers to a complex past and daunting future. But while he is stuck there, he isn’t alone. In between brief long-distance conversations with his parents and passing interactions with local oddballs, Omar and his new flatmates attend outrageously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes, binge Friends boxsets, and debate attending the local open mic night, all the while waiting for the delivery of letters that will ultimately determine their future.

Followed by virtual Q&A with filmmakers.


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