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Architect, The (Architekt, Der)

Architect, The
Scene from "The Architect" (photo © Reverse Angle)

The successful Hamburg architect Georg Winter, his wife and their two grown-up children travel to attend Georg’s mother’s funeral in a snowy mountain village where he grew up as a child.

At the funeral the mysterious Hannah and her son Alex suddenly appear. She unearths a truth which drags the family into a vortex of desires and confusion. When a snow avalanche cuts the village off from the outside world, there’s no escape...


Ina Weisse was born in Berlin in 1968. She trained to become an actress at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. Engagements followed at the Münchner Kammerspiele and at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. As an actress, she has appeared in numerous movies and TV films, including SNOWLAND, NOTHING BUT GHOSTS, and NEVER LOOK AWAY. For THE END OF A NIGHT and EIN GROSSER AUFBRUCH she received the German Television Award for Best Actress and the Adolf Grimme Prize in 2012 and 2016. After studying Philosophy in Heidelberg, she studied Directing at the University of Hamburg from 2000 to 2002. Her graduation film ALLES ANDERS was awarded with the First Steps Award 2002. Her feature film THE ARCHITECT, starring Josef Bierbichler, was shown at the Berlinale in 2009 and won the Best Screenplay Award at the Max Ophüls Film Festival. After her documentary THE NEUE NATIONALGALERIE, the German-French co-production THE AUDITION, featuring Nina Hoss is her latest feature.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Ina Weisse
Screenplay Ina Weisse, Daphne Charizani
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Andreas Wodraschke
Annette Focks
Susann Bieling
Cast Josef Bierbichler, Hilde van Mieghem, Matthias Schweighöfer, Sophie Rois, Sandra Hüller
Producer Peter Schwartzkopff
Production Company Reverse Angle Production/Hamburg, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, Reverse Angle International/Hamburg
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2008, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2009, Rotterdam 2009, Berlin 2009 (German Cinema), Film Festival Turkey/Germany Nurember 2009, Made in Europe Maastricht 2009, European Cinema Lecce 2009, Edinburgh 2009, Cinema Jove Valencia 2009, Open Air Amsterdam 2009, Ghent 2009, Warsaw 2009, Goa 2009
Awards Screenplay Award Saarbruecken 2009, Best Film & Best Leading Actor (Josef Bierbichler) Nuremberg 2009, German Film Award 2009 (Best Supporting Actress: Sophie Rois)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Cine Tirol
German Distributor Reverse Angle Pictures/Hamburg

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