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About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe)

About the Looking for and the Finding of Love
Scene from "About the Looking for and the Finding of Love" (photo © Constantin Film, Muenchen/Diana Film/Fanes Film/J. Olczyk)

The composer Mimi Nachtigal and the singer Venus Morgenstern fall madly in love with each other, fight for seven years, and then break up. After their separation, they both come to the painful realization that they each have lost the love of their life. At first, they try to drown their sorrows in two very different, but pragmatic ways: Venus takes on a new boyfriend, Mimi kills himself. But when it finally occurs to them – for Mimi in the afterworld and for Venus in the here and now – that they simply cannot be without each other, it almost seems too late. Desperate but unswerving in her belief in love, a love that goes even beyond death, Venus descends into the underworld, like Orpheus, to find and bring back her lost love...


Helmut Dietl was born in 1944 in Bad Wiessee and studied Theater and Art History. He then started working in television as a floor manager before going to Munich's Kammerspiele Theater to become an assistant director. His first work as a director for television was the series Muenchner Geschichten in 1973. He followed this by serving as a producer for an independent production company and directed such legendary TV series as Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (1978), Monaco Franze (1983), and Kir Royal (1986). His award-winning films include: Der Durchdreher (1979), Schtonk! (1992), Rossini oder Die moerderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief (1996), Late Show (1999), and About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe, 2004).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Helmut Dietl
Screenplay Helmut Dietl, Patrick Sueskind
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Inez Regnier, Frank Mueller
Harold Faltermeyer, Dario Farina
Albrecht Conrad
Cast Moritz Bleibtreu, Alexandra Maria Lara, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Anke Engelke, Heino Ferch, Justus von Dohnányi, Harald Schmidt
Producers Helmut Dietl, Norbert Preuss
Production Companies Diana Film/Munich, Fanes Film/Munich, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, Constantin Film Produktion, Typhoon Films/Cologne, ZDF
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD
Festivals Pinamar 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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