Directors: Stefan Westerwelle, Patrick Schuckmann, Germany
Lose Your Head is the tale of Luis (Fernando Tielve), a young Spaniard who escapes to the Berlin club scene after breaking up with his long-term boyfriend. As he wanders the urban streets, he meets fellow lost souls and discovers new love. However, as he is drawn into the mystery of a missing person who closely resembles himself, Luis' world spirals and he begins to wonder if it is real, or merely Memorex.
What makes Lose Your Head a truly entertaining film is effective use of pacing. It begins as something of a romantic adventure, a young tourist in Berlin, before it turns into a creepy thriller. There are comedic, dramatic, sexy, and disturbing moments, all of which are used to further the plot. Luis is so naive that at points he seems to be less of a protagonist character than a mannequin that the directors use to show the audience the underbelly of this particular scene in Berlin. The key focus of the film is the young people who spend their days lost in a haze of alcohol, drugs and dancing, and the dramatic consequences this life can have on a person. Lose Your Head is an entertaining film, which will leave you with a lingering sense of dread and may make you think twice about popping that pill in the bathroom of Berghain. (Rose F.)