HAPPY

The film director's 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film.

When the almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women his daughter’s age there, this is understandably embarrassing to the latter. But things are getting serious now: Dieter has been in a stable relationship for three years with Tukta, who calls long distance every morning to wake up the loner and passionate amateur farmer. The wedding is looming. Is this love, as Dieter has persuaded himself? Or more of a “trade”, as his daughter Carolin, the director, accuses him? With some courage she faces not only her father’s unfulfilled desires and fears of being lonely in old age but also her own ambivalent feelings. Both are strong characters, demonstrated early on when they both tug at a bed sheet while folding laundry. But what connects them in their provincial home is bound to be put to the test in Thailand. Carolin suddenly finds herself as the member of a new family there, while Dieter is confronted with an entirely different concept of love.

Genre Society / Human Interest
Length 90'/52' HD
Film by Carolin Genreith
Production Co-Production CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion with WDR
Original Title HAPPY
Year 2016

Festivals and awards
DOK Leipzig, Germany 2016
Duisburger Filmwoche, Audience Award, Germany 2016
Dokfest Kassel, Germany 2016
DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2017
CineDoc Tbilisi, Georgia 2017
Berlin and Beyond San Francisco, USA 2017
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, Russian Federation 2017


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The film director’s 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film.

When her almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women Carolin’s age, his daughter is understandably embarrassed. But things are getting serious: Dieter has been in a stable relationship with Tukta for three years now. Every morning, the lonely amateur farmer is woken by an early-morning call from his girlfriend. The wedding is looming. Is this love, as Dieter believes? Or is it more of a “business”, which is how his film-director daughter Carolin sees the relationship? In the film, she musters up the courage to examine not only her father’s unfulfilled desires and fears of being lonely in old age but also her own ambivalent feelings. Both are strong characters, as reflected in an early scene when the two of them tug at a sheet while folding laundry. But the relationship they share in the provincial Germany is put to the test in Thailand. Carolin suddenly finds herself a member of a new family, while Dieter is confronted with an entirely different concept of love.

Feature Documentary / Society
Film by Carolin Genreith
Length 90’/52′ HD
Co-Production CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion with WDR, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderungsanstalt, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein 2016
Original Title Happy

Festivals & Awards (Selection)

DOK Leipzig, Germany 2016
Duisburger Filmwoche, Audience Award, Germany 2016
Dokfest Kassel, Germany 2016
DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2017
CineDoc Tbilisi, Georgia 2017
Berlin and Beyond San Francisco, USA 2017
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, Russian Federation 2017