Magazine article Variety

German Helmer Stuber Shops 'In the Aisles'

Magazine article Variety

German Helmer Stuber Shops 'In the Aisles'

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GERMAN DIRECTOR Thomas Stuber is making his Berlin competition debut with "In the Aisles," a romantic drama set in a large wholesale market in Leipzig and starring two of Germany's most in-demand actors: Franz Rogowski and Sandra Hüller.

The film marks Stuber's return to the big screen following his award-winning 2015 Toronto hit "A Heavy Heart."

Like that film, "In the Aisles" follows the kinds of protagonists that have long interested Stuber: outsiders, people who struggle to get by and have to fight for the small joys in life.

The people that work in the film's wholesale market represent a community that similarly struggles, people who don't have a lot of money or luxury in their lives, the director explains.

Rogowski's star continues to soar following dramatic turns and nuanced performances in such recent hits as "Victoria," superhero satire "Lux - Krieger des Lichts" and Michael Haneke's "Happy End." He also toplines Christian Petzold's drama "Transit," which likewise premieres in competition in Berlin. The actor is also one of the European Shooting Stars at this year's fest.

Hüller, meanwhile, followed her hugely successful 2016 hit "Toni Erdmann" with a starring role in "Fack ju Göhte 3," the second-biggest hit in Germany last year after "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Stuber says he and Hüller had been trying to work together for a long time and he ended up writing the part of Marion in "In the Aisles" specifically with her in mind.

"Besides all of the qualities of the great actress that she is, she fits perfectly in this cast," the director notes. …

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