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MASKS After failing at many auditions, wanna-be actress Stella sur- prisingly gets accepted at the “Matteusz Gdula” private school. In the shadowy halls of the old building she works hard on her skills, but her lack of talent gives her fellow students enough reasons to make fun of her. When whispers of a secret method of acting that is not to be talked about resonate in the rooms of the school, Stella wants to find out all about it. Cecile, a charismatic girl who never seems to leave the school, tells her about Gdula, the mysterious founder, who back in the 70s invented an extreme acting method to make every actor “shine”. But after students died during his sessions, Gdula committed suicide and his method was banned. One day Cecile disappears without a trace. Strange noises come from the abandoned wing of the institute. Stella suspects that someone is still practicing Gdula’s bizarre method. And she wants to participate at all costs. Even if it may kill her … Genre Horror, Thriller Category Feature Year of Production 2011 Director Andreas Marschall Screenplay Andreas Marschall Director of Photography Sven Jakob Cast Susen Ermich, Magdalena Ritter, Julita Witt, Michael Siller, Dieter-Rita Scholl, Teresa Nawrot, Norbert Losch, Michael Ballaun Producer Heiner Thimm Co-Producers Bernd Reichert, Volker Lange Production Company Stormlight Films/Berlin, in co-production with Anolis Entertainment/Haibach Length 108 min Format DCP, Blu-ray, DigiBeta, color, cs Original Version German Sub- titled Versions English, French, Spanish Festivals Hof 2011, Espoo Ciné 2011, Celluloid Screams 2011, Morbido FF 2011, Ravenna Nightmare 2011, Fright Nights Vienna 2011, San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy FF 2011, Razorreel Fantastic 2011, Leeds IFF 2011, Abertoir Horror Festival 2011, Paris Inter- national Fantastic FF 2011, Las Palmas de G.C. IFF 2012, BAFICI 2012, Fantaspoa Brazil 2012, Transilvania IFF 2012, Splatterday Night Fest 2012, Fantastic Films Weekend Bradford 2012, Fantafestival Rome 2012, Neuchatel Int’l Fantastic FF 2012, World Sales Anolis Entertainment photos©StormlightFilms/AnolisEntertainment GFQ 1-2013 33 NEW GERMAN FILMS Cinestrange Dresden 2012, Morbido Panama 2012, BUT Film- festival Breda 2012, Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre 2012, South Africa Horrorfest Cape Town 2012, Molins Horrorfilm Festival 2012, Drunken Zombie Peoria 2012, Gijón IFF 2012, ToHorror Turin 2012 Awards Audience Award Morbido FF 2012, Special Mention Ravenna 2011, Best Horror Film & Best Actress Fright Nights 2011, Special Mention Leeds 2011, Audience Award & Cine+ Award Paris Int’l Fantastic FF 2011, Best Director & Spe- cial Mentions: Best Art Direction & Best Editing Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre 2012,Antonio Margheriti Award ToHorror Turin 2012  ANDREAS MARSCHALL began his career as an artist of graphic novels. He designed film posters, book illustrations and more than 300 record covers. His first film project was the hor- ror rock-music-compilation HALLUCINATIVE COMAS (1991) for the heavy metal band Kreator, which was released in the US, Japan, Great Britain and Germany. Since then, he has directed over 60 video clips, for bands like Sodom, Extrabreit, Guano Apes, as well as commercials and corporate films. He edited feature films like TRACK (1996), AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME (2001), the TV series KÜSTENWACHE and worked as a screenwriter. In 2004 he made his feature film debut with the award winning TEARS OF KALI, which became an instant festi- val hit, sold in many major territories and is now considered an independent genre classic. MASKS (2011) is a loving tribute to the maestros of the Italian genre cinema like Mario Bava and Dario Argento and a fascinating thriller-experience. With MASKS, Marschall proves that he is a major force in the up- coming new wave of German genre films. S.33_MASKS.qxp_Layout 1 21.01.13 09:08 Seite 1