The Ordinaries


The Main 3 Fri, Apr 14, 2023 4:20 PM
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Film Info
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Women & Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:120 min
Print Source:The Match Factory
Science Fiction
Women Directors
Family Drama
Social Justice
Culture & Society
First Feature
Director:Sophie Linnenbaum
Producer:Laura Klippel
Britta Strampe
Cinematographer:Valentin Selmke
Screenwriter:Sophie Linnenbaum
Michael Fetter Nathansky
Editor:Kai Eiermann
Composer:Fabian Zeidler
Principal Cast:Fine Sendel
Jule Böwe
Henning Peker
Noah Tinwa
Sira Faal
Denise M’Baye


In an allegorically cinematic world divided among three classes–Leads, Supporting Characters, and Outtakes–Paula dreams of being a Lead, where her life may literally have color for a change. But as her eyes open to the injustice of this world, will Paula fight back and risk being an Outtake?

In a metaworld of cinematic dystopia, Paula has a grayish, drab existence with her single mother, both of them Supporting Characters. But Paula has dreams–of having her own storyline, full color, a sweeping score, just like her spoiled best friend, Hannah, and her father, who went missing years ago, both of whom are Leads. Paula goes to the School for Main Characters, is at the top of her class but is having difficulty mastering Emotion. Trying to get in touch with her feelings, she wanders to the world of the Outtakes, untouchables in this cinema land, and in summoning up genuine feelings, Paula may also be threatening her own success by actually starting to care. Sophie Linnenbaum’s inventive first feature debuted at Filmfest München.

Director Biography

Born in Nuremberg in 1976, Sophie Linnenbaum earned a Masters Degree in Directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her films include the documentary Väter unser (2021) and her feature debut, The Ordinaries (2022).