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Chainsmoker

Germany, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Fiction)

Director: Maria Von Heland

Take a bizarre romp one cold winter's night in Berlin when a woman who locks herself out of her apartment and gets a coin stuck in a cigarette-vending machine, unwittingly sets in motion an extraordinary chain of coincidences. This film moves at a crackerjack pace, reminiscent of the mind-bending that made Six Degrees of Separation and The Apartment much loved art-house favourites.

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