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The Bra

Vom Lokführer, der die Liebe suchte
The Bra

An unconventional Cinderella story where the crystal slipper steps aside for a blue bra, The Bra is a refreshing comedy set in scenic Azerbaijan, from acclaimed German director Veit Helmer.

A freight train is rolling across the vast grasslands along the Caucasian mountains. Train driver Nurlan (Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic) is heading to Baku for the last time before retirement. On its way through the densely populated neighbourhoods of the city, his train accidentally snags a blue bra off a washing line. Driven by his loneliness, Nurlan decides to embark on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner of this perky piece of underwear.

He leaves his village, rents a room in Baku and with great dedication starts knocking on the doors along the train track. While the women he encounters have their own reasons for letting him into their private worlds, his ‘project’ does not remain unnoticed by their husbands.

Told without dialogue but full of poetry, The Bra delivers a delightful tragicomic fairytale about love.

Chicago Reader
Australian Premiere
201890 minGermany, AzerbaijanComedy
No dialogue
Director: Veit Helmer
Cast: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Denis Lavant, Paz Vega
Script Prize, Best Actor, Special Mention - Feature Film, Avanca Film Festival 2019
Best Feature - Comedy, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2019
Best Cinematography, German Film Awards 2019