Ann Arbor Film Festival Presents: “Two A.M.” on Oct.9 at the State Theatre

Ann Arbor, Michigan—Next up in the new monthly screening series “Ann Arbor Film Festival Presents” is the feature-length film Two A.M. at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the State Theatre (233 South State Street) in Ann Arbor. The film made its world premiere at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in March 2019 and will show again in Ann Arbor for one night only.

Two A.M. is a hallucinatory tale of coercion, control, and peer-to-peer surveillance on the fringes of present-day Berlin. Filmmaker Loretta Fahrenholz draws on Irmgard Keun’s 1937 novel, After Midnight, for her protagonist, Sanna. Where Keun’s young narrator turned a septic eye on the rise of the Nazis in prewar Germany, Fahrenholz’s Sanna is pitted against her own overbearing family of mind-reading “Watchers,” who use their powers to monitor the thoughts and feelings of their human counterparts. As a police state tightens its grip in the face of increasing social unrest, Sanna goes on the run from her volatile Watcher aunt and reconnects with her sister Algin, a blacklisted pop star. But when an escape from her claustrophobic past seems just within reach, events conspire against Sanna and her allies in an unpredictable fever dream of desire, voyeurism, and political chaos.

In partnership with the Michigan Theater, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will present Two A.M. as the sixth of seven films to show this year as part of the new monthly “AAFF Presents” screening series.

Preceding the screening of Two A.M. will be the short film STREAM by Chicago-based artist Jan Brugger. In STREAM, David Copperfield (circa 1992) removes his assistant’s head from her body while Venus (a modern parody of both Cabanel’s and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”) squeezes a ThighMaster and swipes through her iPhone in a constructed cyber-cerebral landscape. The cyborg conflations of the human, the mythological, and the digital turn into static; a disembodied cursor changes the channel.

For more about the films, please visit Ann Arbor Film Festival Director Leslie Raymond’s blog post at

Tickets for the entire series are free for AAFF members.

Be sure to secure tickets and select your seats for the October 9 screening. We look forward to seeing you there!