The Unpolished Boxshot
The UnpolishedDiamonds of the Night
Germany, 2006
Length / The Unpolished: 94 minutes
Length / Special feature: 16 minutes
Sound: Original stereo (restored)
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
16x9 anamorphic
Language: German
Subtitles: English On/Off
PAL DVD9 Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 12th July 2010
Second Run DVD 049
An unflinching study of a young girl caught up in a complicated adult world, The Unpolished explores the consequences of a counterculture gone bad. Stevie (Céci Chuh), a wild but fiercely intelligent teenage girl, must cope with the instabilities of her drop-out parents (Birol Ünel & Pascale Schiller). Whilst they spend their days getting high, hooking up deals and escaping their responsibilities, Stevie takes control of her own life, making the journey towards maturity and independence that her parents ought to have made years ago.

With music by Einstürzende Neubauten's Jochen Arbeit, and cinematography by Diego Martínez Vignatti (Battle in Heaven, Jápon), The Unpolished is one of the most startling and assured debuts of recent years.

more about the film

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Special Features
• Presented in a newly restored digital transfer, approved by the director.
• Newly filmed interview with director Pia Marais.
• Anamorphic 16:9 enhanced for widescreen televisions.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by author and critic Brad Stevens.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

Céci Chuh - Stevie
Birol Ünel - Axel
Pascale Schiller – Lily
Georg Friedrich – Ingmar
Joana Preiss - Louise
Joseph Malerba - Eric
Dieudonne Kabonga - Didier
David Könen - Benny
Johanna Gastdorf - Dr. Irm Branzger

Directed by Pia Marais

Screenplay – Horst Markgraf & Pia Marais
Director of Photography – Diego Martínez Vignatti
Editors - Daniela Boch, Mona Bräuer
Music - Jochen Arbeit, Yoyo Röhm, Horst Markgraf
Sound Design - Andreas Hildebrandt
Production Designer - Petra Barchi
Producers - Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel

Winner: Tiger Award Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2007
Winner: Best Feature Film Debut German Film Critics' Assoc. Awards, 2008
Winner: Best First Feature Film Durban International Film Festival, 2007
Winner: Best Actress Award Las Palmas International Film Festival, 2007

"The Unpolished is humanist filmmaking of the highest order" Brad Stevens

"Really quite fabulous. The film may surprise with its grace and is highly recommended" Gary Tooze, DVD Beaver

"A confident debut feature ...marks Marais out as a distinctive voice" Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

"Marais' piercingly well-observed dysfunctional family chronicle"

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