The architect and head of the family Markus Larsen secretly lives out his bisexual tendencies while his wife Christine and their 11-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unbearable loneliness. When Markus gets to know the 12-year-old son of a colleague, he feels an immediate affection for the boy. Slowly, Markus begins to approach Johannes and creates an intimacy of which he increasingly loses control. While his wife and daughter are damagingly affected by their symbiotic relationship, Johannes is playing his own secret game which, in the end, leads to disaster for every family member. Drama, LGBTQ, International.
“The Summer House is an intense look at the unraveling of a man…impossible to turn away from.” – DVD & Blu-ray Release Report
“Subtlety, complex characters, enormous tension, a clever psychology and great actors distinguish the very remarkable German drama The Summer House.” – Fipresci, The International Federation of Film Critics
“As uncomfortable as any drama in recent memory, this German production tips its hat to some of the godfathers of art cinema like Rainer Werner Fassbinder (particularly in its casting of leading man Sten Jacobs) and Claude Chabrol (with its thriller-style construction of a family’s internal breakdown).” – Mondo-Digital.com
About the Director: Curtis Burz was born in Mediasch, Romania in 1970 with his family emmigrating to Germany when he was a child. He studied psychology as well as acting and directing at the Bremen Theatre Institute. His films include the shorts: Mark Morrisroe – Polaroids 1959-1989 (2002), Kurt Donald Cobain – Suicide Note (2005), Dear Writer, Dear Actress (2005), Educated People (2006), Virginia (2006), Adoleszenz (2006), Homeland Stories (2010) and Will McBride – Boy Stories (2006-12). His feature films include I Never Told You What I Do for a Living (2011), Give Me Another Year (2012) and Nora (2013).