Film Info: PAULS REISE

PAUL´S JOURNEY (PAULS REISE)

PAUL´S JOURNEY

Four years ago, ten year-old Paul recovered from leukaemia. His parents' marriage did not stand up to this pressure. Since then, the boy has lived with his mother Barbara. Phone calls and postcards are the only contact he has with his lorry driver father Michael. The two rarely have any time together. Then Paul has a relapse. There's no way that he is going to go back into hospital. He hides in his father's lorry. Michael sets off for Spain. The new job is his last chance to pay off the debts to the bank for his lorry. While Barbara is despe-rately searching for her son at home, Michael doesn't find him until they are in France. Paul keeps his illness a secret from his father. At first, Michael wants to send him swiftly back home, but then Paul's journey develops into a far-reaching encounter between father and son. For the first time, Paul experiences his father in everyday life. Despite many disappointments and rejections, the boy remains true to his love for his father. Their first journey together also leaves its mark on Michael. His annoyance about the uninvited companion slowly evaporates, and he begins to understand that he is needed as a father...


René Heisig was born in 1960 in Ruesselsheim. He studied Medicine from 1980-1988, followed by studies at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich (HFF/M). During his studies, he made several shorts, documentaries and advertising spots. His films include: Paul's Journey (Pauls Reise, 1998), Fuer die Liebe ist es nie zu spaet (TV, 1999), Vier Meerjungfrauen (TV, 2000), Stahlnetz, das glaeserne Paradies (TV, 2001), Therapie und Praxis (TV, 2001), Das Duo - tot am Strand (TV, 2002), and Geht nicht gibt's nicht (TV, 2002), among others.
Category Feature
Director René Heisig
Screenplay René Heisig
Cinematography Fritz Seemann
Melanie Werwie
Fury in the Slaughterhouse
Cast Peter Lohmeyer, Annett Kruschke, Niccolo Matteo Casagrande
Producer Alena Rimbach
Production Company AVISTA Film/Munich
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Gemran
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film
German Distributor Silver Cine Filmverleih/Hamburg

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