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FÜNF JAHRE LEBEN 5 YEARS What would you prefer? Solitary confinement with non-stop glaring neon lights, American pop tunes at full blast, and sud- den, senseless beatings? Or to be locked up next to a fellow prisoner who’ll rat on you for a Big Mac? Perhaps the worst is having to kill your only friend, even if it is only a lizard … Based on the true story of the German Turk Murat Kurnaz, who spent a total of five years as a U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan and Guantánamo, 5 YEARS is an unflinching chronicle of un- imaginable abuse and a duel between two iron-willed person- alities. The accused: Kurnaz, who wanted to give meaning to his life by turning to the Islamic faith and going on a pilgrimage to Pakistan right after 9/11. The accuser: U.S. government inter- rogation specialist Holford, who pulls all the stops of mani- pulation and fear, and whose main goal is to obtain a confession from Kurnaz. But Kurnaz can’t confess; he’s innocent. And after many months elapse – months of physical and mental torture – Kurnaz realizes that Holford needs his confession, whether true or false, to win this battle and solve a diplomatic problem between America and Germany. Kurnaz knows that by refusing to sign, he is using the only power left to him. As Kurnaz settles into an indefinite, perhaps endless, prison term, he denies his captors the satisfaction of breaking his soul. Kurnaz chooses life, in spite of everything. Genre Drama Category Feature Year of Production 2012 Direc- tor Stefan Schaller Screenplay Stefan Schaller, based on Murat Kurnaz’s 5 Years of My Life Director of Photography Armin Franzen Cast Sascha A. Geršak, Ben Miles Producers Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach, Joseph M’Barek Production Company teamWorx Television & Film/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg/Potsdam, Cine Plus Filmproduktion/Berlin, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Ludwigsburg Length 95 min Format DCP, color, cs Original Version English, German Subtitled Version English Festivals Max Ophühls Festival Saar- brücken 2013, Rotterdam 2013 With backing from MFG Baden- Württemberg, nordmedia Fonds, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund  STEFAN SCHALLER was born in Munich in 1982. After completing his secondary education, he studied Politics and Theater in Munich. A stay in Central America was followed by practical experience in the field of cinema as a script developer for Boje Buck Produktion in Berlin. Schaller began studying Theatrical Direction at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in 2005. HANDS OFF MISSISSIPPI, for which he wrote the screenplay, was awarded both the Bavarian as well as the German Film Award for Best Children’s Film. In 2008 his mid- length film BÖSE BILDER was honored with the renowned Max Ophüls Award. In 2009 his short film JEDEM DAS SEINE was screened in the Perspectives German Cinema sidebar at the Berlin Film Festival. World Sales Global Screen photos©teamWorx/S.Kuhlbach/A.Cott GFQ 1-2013 25 NEW GERMAN FILMS S.25_FUENF_JAHRE_LEBEN_Layout 1 25.01.13 09:52 Seite 1