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Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg – I’m your man #Berlinale2021

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Is it possible to fall in love with a robot? What do women and men look for in a relationship? I’m your man by Maria Schrader tries to answer.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Maria Schrader and Jan Schomburg, director and screenwriter of the film I’m your man.

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Is it possible to fall in love with a robot? What do women and men look for in a relationship? I’m your man by Maria Schrader, in competition at the 71st Berlinale, tries to answer to these questions. Maria Schrader and screenwriter Jan Schomburg explain the idea of “creating” a mechanical being made for a woman, distancing themselves but the tons of films that made the opposite thing. Through I’m your man, we get to explore a woman’s point of view when faced with a “man” who’s in charge of pleasing her and being the best partner he can be. Set in today’s world and not in a dystopian future, the film starts with Alma, a scientist, being asked to test this humanoid robot played by Dan Stevens, who, by the way, speaks a perfect German and a fluent spanish and korean. The result is a open discussion of the rules of love and attraction and the difference between women and men’s approach to these rules.

I’m your man: Alma (Maren Eggert) is a scientist at the famous Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In order to obtain research funds for her work, she is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks, she has to live with a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is designed to be the perfect life partner for her. Alma meets Tom (Dan Stevens), a machine in human form in a class of its own, created solely to make her happy. I’M YOUR MAN is a playful comic-tragic tale about the questions of love, longing and what makes a human being human.

To discover more about the 71st edition of Berlin International Film Festival, click here.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg
  • Interviewee role
    director, screenwriter
  • Film title
    I'm your man
  • Festival section
    Competition
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