The German, Belgium and Swiss Consulates in LA Host Private Screening of "Grace"
Enlarge image From left, German Consul General Wolfgang Drautz, Filmmaker Jo Kelly, Lead Actress Alisa Schulz, Lead Actor Carlos Leal, Swiss Consul General Bruno Ryff and Belgium Consul Genera Geert Criel. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) The German, Belgium and Swiss Consulates in Los Angeles hosted a private viewing of the short film “Grace” at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles on January 19. The special event was organized by "Grace's" husband and wife team of Jo Kelly, writer and director, and Carlos Leal, lead actor, as a thank you to all participants who helped in the making of the 12-minute short, many of whom worked on a pro-bono basis.
Enlarge image Publicist Fumi Kitahara and Margit Kleinman of the Goethe-Institut. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) “Grace” tells the story of being mentally and physically challenged through the eyes of Jerome, who makes a proposal to a worn-out prostitute on his 40th birthday. It conveys how a "disabled" soul can enlighten a "normal" one when it is not taken for granted. The film's international cast and crew included German actress Bella Dayne, cinematographer Alexa Ihrt and Costume Designer Anette Czagany.
The Consuls General deemed the evening a great success and were equally pleased to have helped promote the film, shown in two consecutive screenings and well-received by over 130 viewers, as well as having facilitated a joint effort of European cooperation in Los Angeles.