Magazine article Screen International

Tiger Directors: Jan Schomburg, Lose My Self

Magazine article Screen International

Tiger Directors: Jan Schomburg, Lose My Self

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Maria Schrader stars as a woman suffering from retrograde amnesia.

German director Jan Schomburg's second feature Lose Myself centres around a successful woman who suddenly finds herself suffering from retrograde amnesia, a condition which wipes the memory of previous biographical events.

The idea for the film came after Schomburg met a woman who was suffering from the condition in real life. "I was stunned by this strange thing we call the brain. How is it possible that you remember that Paris is the capital of France, but don't remember your parents, and forget how to perform an emotion? I found all these questions exciting and had the urge to dig deeper into this topic," says Schomburg, who first began working on the script in July 2010.

The film's main character is played by German actress Maria Schrader, whose credits include Agnieszka Holland's 2011 film In Darkness and who Schomburg had always had in mind for the role. "It was a film written for Maria. …

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