The Berlin Bride

The Berlin Bride

Category: Feature Fiction

A near-silent tale inspired by the silent film era, the writings of Poe and the German fantasist E.T.A Hoffmann. Two oddball Berliners discover individually the parts of a department store mannequin in a city park occupied by nude sunbathers. Under the mannequin’s spell, and with harrowing consequence, the men come to terms with their disjointed mate. A cautionary tale of unrequited sexuality and blurring gender identity. A surreal vision of sexual evolution and misguided passion.

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About the director

Michael Bartlett

Biography Born in Salinas, California, Michael began his viola studies at the Juilliard School in New York City, which led to orchestra positions in Germany under acclaimed conductors, and tours with the Berlin Philharmonic. Experiments in Berlin with film led to a Directing Fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Michael returned to Berlin to direct two classical music documentaries for German television and his first big feature, "The Little Girl Who Fell from the Tree", starring Dominque Horwitz (Stalingrad) and Floriane Daniel (Winter Sleepers). Awards and festivals in Los Angeles, Houston, and Seattle, brought Michael back to the States, where he now lives & works from Portland, Oregon where he wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning "House of Last Things", starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Lindsey Haun (True Blood). "House of Last Things" received support from Oregon's Indigenous Filmmaker Production Investment. It premiered in France and Germany and was released worldwide in 2013.