The Bra


A lonely train driver finds a bra on his train and walks along the track to look for the owner.


Train driver Nurlan is heading to Baku for the last time before retirement. On its way round the neighborhoods of the city his train snags a blue bra off a washing line. To escape from his lonely existence, Nurlan embarks on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner of this perky piece of underwear. He rents a small room in Baku and begins his quest. With great dedication, Nurlan knocks at every door 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. The more difficult it gets, however, the more creative and determined Nurlan becomes to convince every woman to try on the bra.

The tragicomic story of THE BRA is directed by acclaimed German director Veit Helmer, known for festival hits such as Tuvalu (1999), Absurdistan (2008), Baikonur (2011) and recently Fiddlesticks (2014). His films altogether have received more than 180 awards.

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Director: Veit Helmer
Genre: Poetic comedy
Original title: The Bra
English title: The Bra
Country of production: Germany, Azerbaijan
Year of production: 2018
Length: 90 minutes
Color: color
Shooting format: 6K
Screening format: 2K DCP (1:2,39, 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: No dialogue

Cast: Miki Manojlović, Paz Vega, Chulpan Khamatova, Denis Lavant, Maia Morgenstern
Scriptwriter: Veit Helmer, Leonie Geisinger
Director of photography: Felix Leiberg
Editor: Vincent Assmann
Sound design: Julian Cropp
Sound mixing: Robert Jäger
Music: Cyril Morin („Syrian Bride“, „Samsara“)
Producers: Veit Helmer, Shirin Hartmann, Tsiako Abesadze
Production company: Veit Helmer – Filmproduktion
Co-production company: SR, SWR and NDR
Supported by: BKM, FFA, DFFF and MDM. Developed with the assistance of Equinoxe Europe

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Festivals / Awards

Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan – Official Competition
Hof IFF, Germany
Tallinn Black Nights FF, Estonia
German FF Moscow, Russia
Goa IFFI, India
Italian-Azeri-Filmfestival, Azerbaijan – Best International Film
Belgrade IFF, Serbia
Cinequest, USA - Best Feature Film: Comedy
Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
Berlin & Beyond, USA
Mamers en Mars, France
Annual Chicago EU Film Festival, USA
Beijing IFF, China
Europe on Screen, Indonesia
Bari IFF, Italy
Transilvania IFF, Romania
Pula IFF, Croatia
Shanghai IFF, China
IndieBo, Colombia
Durban IFF, South Africa
Vukovar IFF, Croatia
Bucheon International Fantastic FF (BIFAN), South Korea
Palic IFF, Serbia
Avanca FF, Portugal - Best Screenplay, Best Actor
TwoRiversides- Festival, Poland
Social World Film Festival, Italy - Best International Film
Carl IFF, Sweden
IFF Cinematik, Slovakia
Otranto Film Fund Festival, Italy
Quebec City IFF, Canada
Batumi IFF, Georgia
Helsinki IFF, Finland
Festival Internacional de Cine del Paraguay, Paraguay
Ourense FF, Spain
Bodø FF, Norway
Sao Paolo IFF, Brazil
Weltfilmtage Thusis, Switzerland
Malatya IFF, Turkey
Ljubljana IFF, Slovenia
Chennai FF, India
Kalinigrad, Russia
ImagineIndia, Spain
German FF, Australia






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