Me, Myself and the Universe (Ich und das Universum)

Me, Myself and the Universe
Scene from "Me, Myself and the Universe"

Man and gravity: a classical tragedy. The individual's struggle with his self and the overwhelmingly complex structure of the universe. A stewardess, an excavator driver, a furniture salesman and a millionaire speak about one subject that they dedicate themselves to with passion. They demonstrate which precautions they take so that the events of life don't turn into accidents. Seat bags, remote controls, copy enlargements and a grave for a million. They all carry the treacheries of the universe.


Hajo Schomerus was born in 1970 and studied Cinematography in Dortmund. After spending a year in Toyko, he studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the Anthology Film Archive in New York. Active as a cameraman, he was the director of photography for such films as Controlled Demolition (documentary, 1998), Container (documentary, 1998), Groundspeed (documentary, 2000), Vier Minuten Drei Sekunden (short, 2000), Silverstar (short, 2000), Sainkho (documentary, 2001), Abendstimmung (short, 2002), Golden Lemons (documentary, 2002), Hanns Martin Schleyer - A German Biography (documentary, 2002), and Fools (Narren, feature, 2003). Me, Myself and the Universe (Ich und das Universum, 2003) marks his directorial debut.
Category Docu-Fiction, Short
Year of Production 2003
Director Hajo Schomerus
Screenplay Hajo Schomerus
Cinematography Hajo Schomerus
Dora Vajda
Cast Fritz Waffenschmidt, Volker Kratz, Norbert Buhl, Sabine Fortwaengler
Producer Marcelo Busse
Production Company Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion/Düsseldorf, in co-production with Fachhochschule Dortmund, Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne
Length 14 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Oberhausen 2003, Munich 2003, Cologne Conference 2003, Hamburg 2003, Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg 2003, Luenen 2003, Uppsala 2003, Aarhus 2003, Turin 2003, SehSuechte Potsdam 2004, Potenza 2004, Tampere 2004, Prague 2004, Ghent 2004, Uppsala 2011
Awards Audience Appreciation Award Hamburg, 2nd German Short Film Promotion Prize Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg, 2nd Audience Award Cologne, Audience Award Munich, Special Jury Award Uppsala, FFA Short Film Award Luenen, Jameson Short Film Award 2003, Audience Award Bremen & Bremen Critics Choice, German Critics' Award 2003 for Best German Short Film
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
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