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The aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall in love with the controversial young writer and hothead Friedrich Schiller. Defying the conventions of their time, the sisters decide to share their love with Schiller. What begins playfully, almost as a game among the three of them, soon turns serious as it leads to the end of a pact...

In this aesthetic tour-de-force, one of Germany’s foremost auteurs, Dominik Graf examines a passionate love triangle that may have been one of Schiller’s most closely guarded secrets. The actors Hannah Herzsprung (FOUR MINUTES), Henriette Confurius and Florian Stetter (SOPHIE SCHOLL) demonstrate the full range of their artistry, and, through their eloquence and expressiveness, raise this gorgeously shot film to the level of a timeless study of love.

Dominik Graf was born in 1952 in Munich. After studying German and Musical Sciences, he studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1974. He received the Bavarian Film Award for his graduation film DER KOSTBARE GAST (1979). He has played a decisive role in developing the profile of the TV series DER FAHNDER and has alternated regularly between film and TV productions. In 1988, he received a German Film Award for his thriller DIE KATZE (1987). His film SPIELER (1990) was shown at Venice in 1990 and he is a regular to the Berlinale where the premieres of his successful feature films A MAP OF THE HEART (2001), THE RED COCKATOO (2005), DREILEBEN – DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (2011) took place. His other films include: TIGER, LÖWE, PANTHER (1988), THE INVINCIBLES (1994), FRAU BU LACHT (TV, 1995), MUNICH –SECRETS OF A CITY (doc, 2000), HOTTE IM PARADIES (TV, 2002), EINE STADT WIRD ERPRESST (2006), DER WEG, DEN WIR NICHT ZUSAMMEN GEHEN (2008), IN THE FACE OF CRIME (2010) and BELOVED SISTERS (2014).
Genre Drama, History, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Dominik Graf
Screenplay Dominik Graf
Cinematography Michael Wiesweg
Cast Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Claudia Messner, Anne Schäfer, Maja Maranow, Ronald Zehrfeld, Michael Wittenborn
Producer Uschi Reich
Production Company Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, in co-production with WDR, Wega Film/Vienna, Senator Film Produktion, Kiddinx Filmproduction/Berlin
Length 170 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (In Competition), Shanghai 2014, Black Nights Tallinn 2014, CPH PIX 2014, Edinburgh 2014, Moscow 2014, Cambridge 2014, Voices Vologda 2014, Mumbai 2014, Scanorama Vilnius 2014, New York 2014, Chicago 2014, Vancouver 2014, Philadelphia 2014, Mill Valley 2014, Sao Paulo 2014, Viennale 2014, Camerimage 2014, Black Nights Tallinn 2014, Palm Springs 2015, Göteborg 2015, SANFIC 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2013 (Best Cinematography), German Film Awards 2015 (Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up)
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, FISA Filmstandort Austria, CineTirol
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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