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AGE AND BEAUTY (ALTER UND SCHÖNHEIT)

AGE AND BEAUTY
photo © Nadja Klier/X Verleih

They haven’t seen each other in what seems like forever: the seriously-ill Manni with his Ferrari and his three best friends. Sometimes you just lose touch…

Upon their reunion, one of them realizes that he no longer loves his wife, but she doesn’t love him either. Another one has to come to terms with the fact that his wife and his mistress both dump him, at the same time. And the third one realizes that work isn’t everything and that the greatest pleasure in life can be found by spending time with your friends.

And Manni? Well, Manni’s gonna die. But before he does, his three friends have to find Rosi, the woman with whom he was happiest but whose heart he broke.

They race around with Manni’s Ferrari and prove that men today don’t really grow up until they reach their late 40s...

Age and Beauty is an actors' film with the best German actors of the adult generation: Henry Huebchen, Armin Rohde, Burghart Klaussner, Peter Lohmeyer and Sibylle Cononica, under the direction of and based on the screenplay by Michael Klier.

With Age and Beauty, producer Stefan Arndt (X Filme Creative Pool) continues in the successful tradition of such films as Good Bye, Lenin!, Go for Zucker!, and Summer in Berlin.


Michael Klier was born in Karlovy Vary and lived for many years in Paris. He studied Philosophy and History in Berlin. His first film Der Riese (1983), a documentary about video surveillance, won several international prizes. Thereafter, he developed his artistic signature with films such as the award-winning Ueberall ist es besser, wo wir nicht sind (1989) and Ostkreuz (1991), Out of America (documentary, 1994), Heidi M (2001), Ein Mann boxt sich durch (2001) from 99euro-films, Farland (2004), and Age and Beauty (Alter und Schoenheit, 2008), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Michael Klier
Screenplay Michael Klier
Cinematography Sophie Maintigneux
Katja Dringenberg
Laurent Petitgirard
Birgit Kniep-Gentis
Cast Peter Lohmeyer, Sybille Canonica, Armin Rohde, Burghart Klaußner, Henry Hübchen
Producer Stefan Arndt
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with WDR, ARTE
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Goteborg 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor X Verleih

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