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12 Past Midnight (Null Uhr 12)

12 Past Midnight

An armored truck is robbed in Berlin. The loot: 30 million. On a subway platform, nearby, at twelve past midnight, five unusual suspects, each carrying a bag: Frank, the unemployed gambler and loose cannon; Kathrin, the harassed waitress and single mother of two; Martin, the seemingly apathetic cleaning gear salesman and family father; Jonas, the war site photographer turned taxi driver and Marie, the beautiful computer programmer on the verge of rediscovering her own sexuality.
"Arrest them" says Ben, the chief inspector, to his four young colleagues. But after a relentless interrogation procedure, the five police officers are undecided on the question of guilt: an unlikely lot to have committed such a perfect crime. Ben's verdict: "Let them go, but keep an eye on them ..."
12 Past Midnight is the story of five seemingly ordinary young adults altered forever by one singular, radical event. A flip of a switch and nothing is as it used to be: Is it chance, or is it five individuals trying to wring a brighter future from a dismal present? Or does it even matter? What matters is, like in life itself, dreams can shatter and lies can become true ...


Bernd Michael Lade was born in 1964 in Berlin. He studied Acting at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Television & Film in Berlin and Directing at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film & Television in Babelsberg. He has acted in numerous television films including Tatort (1991-2001), Babysitter (1992), Verrueckt nach Dir (1994), Wolff's Revier (1997), Helicops: Euro (1998), Der letzte Zeuge (2000) and Heimat Ost (2001), as well as in the feature films Karniggels (1991), Looosers (1994), Dumm gelaufen (1996), Viehjud Levi and Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller (1998), and Komm' suesser Tod (2000). He began directing for the theater in 1991 with Pippi Langstrumpf and Dreigroschenoper, and directed his first film, Revenge (Rache), in 1995, followed by 12 Past Midnight (Null Uhr 12) in 2001.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Bernd Michael Lade
Screenplay Stefan Kolditz
Cinematography Michael Paul Heiter
Sabine Brose
Michael Kobs
Thomas Kuhn
Cast Dieter Landuris, Meret Becker, Uwe Kockisch, Isabella Parkinson, Bernd Michael Lade, Mario Irrek, Rainer Schoene, Esther Esche
Producers Olivier Deflou, Peter Lohner
Production Company Clasart Film/Munich
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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