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GFQ 1_2013

HABIB RHAPSODY HELDEN Contact INDI FILM World Sales Global Screen photo©RTL/Ennenbach photo©LauraSchleicher/INDIFILM GFQ 1-2013 17 IN PRODUCTION Genre Action, Adventure Category TV Movie Director Hansjörg Thun Screenplay Derek Meister, Simon X. Rost Director of Photography Peter Joachim Krause Cast Christiane Paul, Hannes Jaenicke, Heiner Lauterbach, Christine Neubauer, Armin Rohde, Yvonne Catterfeld Pro- ducers Stefan Raiser, Felix Zackor Co-Producer Dieter Pochlatko Pro- duction Company Dreamtool Entertainment/Munich, in co-production with epo-film/Vienna Original Version German Shooting Dates August- October 2012 With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, nordmedia Fonds, Fernsehfonds Austria Without warning, a communications satellite crashes into the Berlin Reichstag, leaving great destruction in its wake. While the authorities speculate about a terrorist attack, airplanes start falling from the sky and communications systems collapse – Germany and the rest of the world are in a state of emergency. To the west of Geneva. In the largest scientific research center in the world, which operates with a billion-dollar budget, an experiment gone wrong is throwing the world out of joint. Scientists from 80 nations have simulated the big bang with the so-called “God machine”, the biggest nuclear particle accelerator in the world, and created a black hole that changes the earth’s gravitation. The young scientist Sophie, a former staff member of this institute, had already warned about the risks pre- sented by the God machine in her doctoral dissertation. An explosion then cripples the research center … The German Federal Chancellor orders Sophie to go to Geneva and put an end to the escalating experiment. She is accompanied by Marc, whose sister Andrea and daughter Jana are trapped with a group of children in the Geneva research center. For our two heroes, reaching Geneva is a tour de force through various countries in a state of chaos. But it also becomes a time of human en- counters, in which courage is stronger than fear, and people do not withdraw into themselves, but reach out and act. A time in which the end is a beginning and two brothers again become one heart and one mind. In which strength grows out of weakness, and a great nation out of individuals. In which hope rises up from despair, and great love from loneliness. A time in which one glance says more than a thousand words and the smallest ones are simply gigantic. Genre Comedy, Drama, Tragicomedy Category Feature Director Michael Baumann Screenplay Michael Baumann, Sabine Westermaier Director of Photography Bernhard Keller Cast Vedat Erincin, Burak Yigit, Thorsten Merten, Klaus Manchen, Teresa Harder, Ilyes Moutaouk- kil, Luise Heyer, Godehard Giese, Maryam Zaree, Aykut Kayacik, Kida Khodr Ramadan Producer Arek Gielnik Co-Producer Brigitte Dithard Production Company INDI FILM/Stuttgart, in co-production with SWR/Baden-Baden Original Version German, Turkish Shooting Dates September-October 2012 With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Hessische Filmförderung, MEDIA An ensemble film, HABIB RHAPSODY (working title) tells the story of four men, their ability to ’lie’ their way through life, and the art of being honest to oneself. There is Habib (49), who runs a kebab stand and is finally reunited with the love of his youth whom he left years ago back in Turkey when he moved to Germany to work. His son Neco (24) is rootless and making do in life, at best, desperately grasping at the straws offered by various dubious ’deals’. He loves a young girl but is already married. Bruno (46) is summarily sacked by his friend and business partner, and stages a one-man strike on a traffic island in protest. Ingo (78) escapes from the hospital on the eve of a risky operation to beg his daughter’s forgiveness for what happened forty years ago when he abandoned her; his sub- sequent life as a Casanova and adventurer having left him, in the end, empty and alone. At the same time the city’s refuse collection service is on strike. As the shine starts to come off the clean façade, so too does it off the lead characters’ lives. The lies they live, both large and small, force their way to the surface. Each man is confronted with the existential questions, “What would have been, if ...?” and “For what reason am I living and why here?” Events come to a head in one night: Neco’s deal and love affair hit the rocks. Bruno is rehabilitated, except he is now unsure if he wants to go back. Ingo gains his daughter’s benediction and can finally die in peace. And Habib? He learns his lost love’s daughter is also his. Exhausted, he meets Neco the next morning. For the first time in years they are able to talk openly and honestly as father and son, during which Neco shows he has gained the strength to acknowledge his weaknesses and Habib tells his son of his Turkish roots. SK S.17_in_production1_2013_Layout 1 25.01.13 09:48 Seite 1