Set in Berlin and London, The Have-Nots look back at a time when our world got out of balance after the events of 9/11. Nothing is like it used to be, the rolling thunder of war is only heard on the radio, but its impacts strike closer and closer. Who wants to accept that?
After years apart Jakob and Isabelle meet again on September 11th, 2001 and fall in love. While the world around them is reduced to rubble they revolve around themselves and their newly found love. But their love is tainted. The couple feels responsible for the death of a mutual friend who died in the World Trade Center. The only chance they seem to be having is to face each in all honesty. A task that seems too big a challenge: perplexed and full of longing they witness their lives falling apart. A spiral of desire, guilt and estrangement is set in motion, leading to an outburst of uncontrolled violence.
The film talks about the invasion of world affairs into the private, about the inability to feel empathy and the longing for existential encounters. Isabel and Jakob find out that it is the encounter with one another that makes change possible. Once we love differently we will live differently.
cast Julia Jentsch, Sebastian Zimmler, Guy Burnet, Bibiana Beglau, Robert Pickup, Aljoscha Stadelmann, Ole Lagerpusch
writer Mona Kino
director Florian Hoffmeister
dop Bob Binnel
editor Kathrin Dietzel
set design Cora Pratz
costume design Manfred Schneider
sound Andreas Woelki
production manager Heino Herrenbrück
commissioning editors Claudia Simionescu (BR), Monika von Lobkowitz (BR/ARTE), Georg Steinert (ARTE), Cooky Ziesche (RBB)
producer Titus Kreyenberg
in coproduction with BR, RBB and ARTE
funded by MEDIA, Film und Medienstiftung nrw, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, DFFF
sales agent K5 International
Munich Film Fest, Tallinn Black Nights