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Black Ice (Glatteis)

Black Ice

Erika Wallmann, boss of a building company, is found dead near to her holiday home. She had apparently slipped in the night on the steep, icy steps down to the lake. Everyone thinks her death is an accident - except for Jupp Scholten, a long-serving employee of the company. Scholten cannot accept Erika's death. He had already known her as a young girl and had revered her.Without her protection, he is now at the mercy of Kurt Wallmann, the new boss and the dead woman's husband. Scholten enters a state of crisis; his dreary marriage with his wife Hilde becomes unbearable. An obsession begins to grow secretly in Scholten. He suspects Kurt Wallmann of having murdered his wife Erika and looks for proof. Completely isolated in the company, Scholten comes across the Polish char Anna. Together, they start making investigations. Scholten becomes increasingly set on his idea, and he and Anna become closer allies. They finally discover that Wallmann has evidently committed the perfect murder. In an attempt to prove this, Scholten decides to take a momentous step....


Michael Gutmann was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1956. After studying Art and German at the University of Frankfurt, he studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. He has worked as a screenwriter and comic artist as well as lecturer at the film schools in Ludwigsburg, Munich and Cologne. He has written and directed a number of episodes for TV series such as Das Nest, Ein Fall fuer zwei and Tatort and co-authored a number of films directed and co-written by Hans-Christian Schmid, including It's a Jungle Out There (Nach fuenf im Urwald, 1995), 23 (1998), and Crazy (2000). His films as director and screenwriter include: Von Zeit zu Zeit (short, 1990), How I Got Rhythm (short, 1993), Rohe Ostern (1995), Nur fuer eine Nacht (TV, 1996), Black Ice (Glatteis, TV, 1998) and Heart over Head (Herz im Kopf, 2001).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Michael Gutmann
Screenplay Michael Gutmann
Cinematography Johannes Geyer
Monika Abspacher
Peter W. Schmitt, Rainer Michel
Cast Hilde van Mieghem, Elfriede Irrall, Gottfried John, Günter Lamprecht
Producer Gabriele Graf
Production Company Gemini Film/Cologne, in cooperation with NDR/Hamburg
Length 88 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hof 98, Braunschweig 98, Filmschau Niedersachsen 99
With backing from Kulturelle Filmfoerderung des NDR Niedersachsen

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