Film Info: Bluthochzeit, Die

Wedding Party, The (Bluthochzeit, Die)

Wedding Party, The
Scene from "The Wedding Party" (photo © Constantin Film)

For bride Sophie and groom Mark, the words "'till death do us part" take on menacing significance on their wedding day. Mark's self-conceited father Hermann is on his worst behavior and picks a fight about the appetizer with the financially troubled gourmet cook Franz, in whose elegant country inn the wedding party is to take place. Slowly but surely the party runs out of control. The idyllic country inn turns into a besieged stronghold, and the aggressions on both sides escalate ever further. Hermann doesn't give a damn about the fact that innocent bystanders are entangled in the whole mess. And even Franz, cool-headed at the beginning, begins to lose his nerves. All efforts to placate the stubborn men fail, and the wedding party heads for a surprising end...


Dominique Deruddere Born in 1957, at the young age of 14 Dominique Deruddere had already won a prize at the International Film Festival in Brussels for his short film Orange Light. After his film studies, he made his feature-film debut in 1987 with Crazy Love. In 1989, Deruddere directed Faye Dunaway and Joe Mantegna in the film Wait Until Spring, Bandini. His next project was Suite 16 in 1994, with Pete Postlethwaite, followed by Hombres Complicados (1997) with Josse de Pauw, Dirk Roofthooft and Hilde van Mieghem. For Everybody’s Famous (2000), Deruddere was nominated for the OSCAR in the category Best Foreign Film. His most recent project before The Wedding Party was Pour le plaisir, which was filmed in France in 2004.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Dominique Deruddere
Screenplay Dominique Deruddere, Jean van Hamme
Cinematography Danny Elsen
Philippe Ravoet
Klaus Badelt, Wolfram de Marco
Hubert Pouille
Cast Armin Rohde, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Arne Lenk, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Fabian Hinrichs, Sandra Borgmann, Josef Heynert, Nadeshda Brennicke, Nand Buyl, Hilde van Mieghem
Producers Marc Conrad, Norbert Preuss, Hilde De Laere, Erwin Provoost
Production Companies Typhoon Films/Cologne, Fanes Film/Munich, MMG/Asse, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, Diana Film/Munich
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ghent 2005, Valladolid 2005, AFI Los Angeles & Washington 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Pinamar 2005, Philadelphia 2006, Houston 2006, Festroia 2006 (In Competition), Copenhagen 2006, Moscow 2006, Copenhagen 2006
Awards Special Jury Award Houston 2006
With backing from Filmstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), BKM, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, MEDIA Plus, Eurimages

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