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GFQ 1_2013

GLOBAL PLAYER DAS GLÜCK World Sales Beta Cinema Contact BuntFilm photo©BuntFilm photo©sabotagefilms/PolaSieverding2012 GFQ 1-2013 16 IN PRODUCTION Genre Drama, Tragicomedy Category Feature Director Fabian Möhrke Screenplay Fabian Möhrke Director of Photography Marco Armborst Cast Andreas Döhler, Carola Sigg, Levin Henning, Godehard Giese, Annika Ernst Producers Maxim Juretzka, Jost Hering Co-Producer Lucia-Milena Bonse Production Company BuntFilm/Berlin, in co-pro- duction with Cine Plus Filmproduktion/Berlin for ZDF/Mainz Original Version German Shooting Dates October-December 2012 With backing from German Federal Film Fund, CineTirol, FISA Filmstandort Austria There is only one way to know what cracking the lottery jackpot is like, and that is to win it! Statistically you have more chance of finding the money but hey! It’s voluntary and very hard to resist. True, a huge sum of cash all at once can wreck lives and relationships, but then again, maybe not. Dreaming of that big win is part of the fun. Will it be ponies for all your friends? A gold-plated helicopter covered in diamonds? A holiday home by the Baltic? Freeing a dear friend from a job they hate? But there are all the downsides too, starting with whom you tell, or not. Then all those begging letters. What is suddenly a good cause and what not? If you decide to keep it a secret, how best to stop it leaking out? Especially if there is suddenly a new Ferrari in the driveway and you take some extra holiday and return with a very fashionable tan. Oh yes, and you give up your job too! Perhaps moving to somewhere new would help, where no- body knows your name and face. But what about the people and life you have left behind? Put it this way, if somebody you know is suddenly €22 million better off, would you shake their hand and congratulate them? This is the situation and these are the questions suddenly facing Torsten (end 30s), who was not looking for anything special, just a guy who bought a lottery ticket to keep the peace with his enthusiastic lottery- playing colleagues at work. He might have been hoping to win the jack- pot, deep down, but he was not expecting to. As always, the questions thrown up are also answered by more than one person. It might be Torsten’s ticket, but his wife Susanne has already decided where the money is going. His son Lutz has as well. Winning is the bombshell but now comes the collateral damage as Torsten’s orderly world is torn apart and he has to ask the most important question: who is he really? SK Genre Tragicomedy Category Feature Director Hannes Stöhr Screen- play Hannes Stöhr Director of Photography Andreas Doub Cast Christoph Bach, Walter Schultheiß, Inka Friedrich, Ulrike Folkerts, Stefan Hallmayer, Rita Lengyel, Monika Wojtyllo, Jin Jin Harder, Kevin Chen, Harvey Friedman, Hans-Jochen Wagner Producers Karsten Aurich, Annedore von Donop, Hannes Stöhr Production Company Sabotage Films/Berlin, in co-production with Stoehrfilm/Berlin, ARD Degeto/Frankfurt, BR/Munich, ARTE/Strasbourg Original Version Ger- man Shooting Dates October-November 2012 With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund Director Hannes Stöhr, whose previous films include BERLIN CALLING and ONE DAY IN EUROPE, rediscovered his native roots in Baden-Würt- temberg and traveled to Shanghai for his latest film GLOBAL PLAYER. “After being 20 years away from my home town, it was a real eye-opener to see how tough the people are and that globalization is taking place in the provinces and not only in the big cities,” he remarks. While the film’s action is inspired by real-life events he has observed in his home town over recent years, the family textile company of Bogen- schütz & Söhne is fictional, but he has achieved an authenticity to the setting by casting actors originating from the south-west corner of Germany – such as the veteran actor Walter Schultheiß as the 90-year- old patriarch, his son Michael, played by Christoph Bach, who is trying to negotiate a deal with the Chinese behind his father’s back to save the company, and one of the two daughters played by Inka Friedrich who are recruited by their father to stop the son’s plans – as well as local professionals from the Theater Lindenhof, and ’real’ people as the factory workforce. “That’s something I have always liked about Hannes’ films and this stylistic approach runs through them all,” says producer Annedore von Donop about the casting. “It is a refreshing mixture, and the authenticity of the real people – with their unforgettable faces – can be really sur- prising.” “In many respects, the film’s action is similar to Shakespeare’s King Lear and it is a very universal story,” Stöhr adds, while von Donop points out that the film also addresses the question of one generation handing over to another and the conflicts and confrontations flaring up within a family. As producer Karsten Aurich notes, shooting in China might seem a daunting proposition, but they were lucky to find a local service producer in Shanghai who not only knew the right locations, but had studied in Berlin and so spoke fluent German. MB S.16_in_production1_Layout 1 25.01.13 09:48 Seite 1