What starts as an accidental slip of the keyboard, will turn the lives of the lead protagonists in The Space Between the Lines.
Emmi (played by Nora Tschirner) believes she is cancelling her online dating site subscription when her email mistakenly arrives in the inbox of Leo (played by Alexander Fehling). Leo, while slightly amused, ignores it as his attention is elsewhere with his girlfriend Marlene (played by Claudia Eisinger), who’s just revealed she’s been cheating on him. As Marlene walks out the door, Leo wrestles with his emotions. But the persistent ping of his email signals yet another email from Emmi, outraged that her requests are being ignored. When finally her messages become derogatory, Leo indignantly hits the reply button.
This marks the start of a fiery and intense exchange, one that could only be held between two strangers. Treading a fine line between complete strangeness and noncommittal intimacy, the two soon share their most private secrets and longings.
Right when Leo feels that this could be a real thing, Emmi reveals another secret that sends him reeling. Could their feelings survive the test of a real-life encounter? And what will happen if they do?
Based on the international bestseller from Daniel Glattauer, The Space Between the Lines has been compared to You’ve Got Mail, but this unfortunately doesn’t do it justice. The story is beautifully told with intelligent dialogue that doesn’t oversell the drama and allows the viewer to use their imaginations.
The film will make its Australian premiere at this year’s German Film Festival at Palace Barracks and Palace James Street from 14 June 2021. Check your local guides for screening times.
About Space Between the Lines
Language: German with English subtitles
Length: 123 mins
Directed by Vanessa Jopp
Written by Jane Ainscough, based on the novel by Daniel Glattaneur
Stars Nora Tschirner, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Eisinger