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GFQ 1_2013

SPUTNIK STILLER SOMMER World Sales Attraction Distribution Contact 2 Pilots Filmproduction photocourtesyof2PilotsFilm photocourtesyofmmfilmpresse GFQ 1-2013 19 IN PRODUCTION Genre Drama Category Feature Director Nana Neul Screenplay Nana Neul Director of Photography Leah Striker Cast Dagmar Manzel, Ernst Stötzner, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Marie Rosa Tietjen, Arthur Igual, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Sylvie Granotier, Rainer Ewerrien, Jef Bayonne, Rainer Galke Producers Jörg Siepmann, Harry Flöter Production Com- pany 2 Pilots Filmproduction/Cologne Original Version German, French Shooting Dates September-October 2012 With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, MEDIA “The story for SILENT SUMMER (STILLER SOMMER) has a personal background for Nana and I had always felt that this could provide the basis for an interesting film,” producer Jörg Siepmann of Cologne- based 2 Pilots says. “Nana was already working on a screenplay about this subject and so I encouraged her to continue working in this direction,” he continues, pointing out that the project was developed in close collaboration with commissioning editor Stefanie Groß of pubcaster SWR who came on- board at a very early stage. “The screenplay is rather special because it portrays a marriage from two perspectives: the first half is seen from the wife’s perspective and then, halfway through the film, the story is re-told from the other partner’s standpoint. It was a fine line to get things just right,” Siep- mann explains. The film opens with art historian Susanne suddenly losing her voice after a successful auction and deciding to take a break in the family’s holiday home in the Cévennes mountains in the South of France. The village community of French and German expats are surprised to suddenly see Susanne again after such a long time. Going in search of her true self, she not only finds out who she is, but also makes sur- prising new discoveries about her husband. Her voicelessness sends both of them on an inner journey during which Herbert recognizes that his denial of the past merely invites his own misery, while Susanne be- gins to comprehend that the loss of her voice is more than a function of exhaustion. “We felt that with such a narrative approach to the story, we needed to cast with top actors and are very happy to have landed a coup with Ernst Stötzner and Dagmar Manzel as the husband and wife,” Siepmann notes. “Moreover, the supporting roles are also cast with such pro- minent names as Victoria Trautmannsdorff, Marie Tietjen, and Hans- Jochen Wagner.” MB Genre Children & Youth Category Feature Director Markus Dietrich Screenplay Markus Dietrich Director of Photography Philipp Kirsamer Cast Flora Li Thiemann, Finn Fiebig, Luca Johannsen, Emil von Schön- fels, Devid Striesow, Yvonne Catterfeld, Maxim Mehmet, Jacob Mat- schenz, Andreas Schmidt, Ursula Werner, Bernd Stegemann, Marie Gruber Producers Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Dorothe Beinemeier, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries Co-Producers Dries Phlypo, Pavel Strnad Production Companies Ostlicht Filmproduktion/Weimar, Hamster Film/Halle, in co-production with A Private View/Brussels, Negativ Film Productions/Prague, in association with MDR/Leipzig, NDR/Hamburg Original Version German Shooting Dates October-November 2012 With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderung Ham- burg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Eurimages, Czech Film Fund Director Markus Dietrich’s feature debut draws on his personal experi- ences of growing up as a child in the former East Germany (GDR) and shows historical events from a child’s perspective. “When the Wall col- lapsed in 1989 and all the people in the world were celebrating, I was ten years old and in the midst of it,” Dietrich recalls. “But no matter what the politicians thought or kept silent about then: for me, the fall of the Wall wasn’t a world-changing event, but rather a superb adven- ture. And that’s exactly what I think also makes SPUTNIK [working title] so important. From the children’s perspective, it is an adventure.” Dietrich’s screenplay opens in October 1989 with the month getting off to a disastrous start for 10-year-old Frederike when her beloved Uncle Mike is expelled from the former GDR. Inspired by her idol Captain James T. Kirk from STAR TREK, she and her two best friends build a transporter to “beam“ herself to West Berlin. But the experiment goes dramatically wrong: instead of beaming the three children, the entire village’s population disappears! They witness on TV how their families and friends desperately try to climb back over the Berlin Wall to home. Only swift action can undo the experiment and prevent the worst happening before the border guards open fire. It’s a frantic race against time for the trio and, what’s more, the nasty local policeman Mauder starts snooping around... “What I like about this film is that it has two layers,” producer Leontine Petit of Hamster Film explains. “For the children, there is a lot of fun and adventure, but there is also an emotional story because the girl has to let go of the uncle she really likes and then tries to beam him back. And on the parents’ level, it is all about living together with your children in the GDR and how to cope with certain issues that weren’t very easy. When Markus talks about the film, he says that he had a normal child- hood and, as a child, he had an enormous imagination to help him sur- vive and solve problems. So, in a way, the film is an ode to imagination.” MB S.19_in production1_Layout 1 25.01.13 09:50 Seite 1