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Black Sheep (Schwarze Schafe)

Black Sheep
Scene from "Black Sheep" (photo © koboiFilm)

Blacksheep is about urban Berlin lifestyle. About a bunch of hopeless losers who are trying to get the big money with the strangest plans. There is an ex-hand model for Rolex who wants to seduce a yuppie girl and cheat his insurance company. There is an East-German woman and her drunken artist boyfriend playing the lottery. Some satanists who are planing a ritual with their grandmother. Two young anarchists who are testing a new kind of ego-economy. And last, but not least, three horny Turkish boys who are stealing cash to meet a prostitute. A light-hearted, stylish comedy in an electric Berlin, full of surreal moments. About material illusions and true love.


Oliver Rihs was born 1971 in Maennedorf near Zurich/Switzerland. After a foundation course at Zurich\'s Design College he completed an apprenticeship as a graphic designer and worked as a freelancer in both advertising and cultural production. He simultaneously gained his first experience in film whilst working as an assistant in advertising film production, accompanied by intensive autodidactic study of film theory, analysis and history. He ended his design career in 1996 and became a social worker. Concurrently he realized his first video works, gained experience as an AD and on-set manager during various film productions whilst creating different documentary features as a freelancer. His short Lillien won Best Short at Locarno in 1997. Since 1999, he has been living and working in Zurich and Berlin, where he wrote the script for his first feature film Brombeerchen, which was realized in 2001. His other films include: Ricard, Fremder Da Draussen, Auszeit, and Dagmars Plan.
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Oliver Rihs
Screenplay Oliver Rihs, Olivier Kolb, David Keller, Michael Sauter, Daniel Young, Thomas Hess
Cinematography Olivier Kolb
Sarah Clara Weber, Andreas Radtke
King Khan, Ramon Orza
René Römert, Jochen Sauer
Cast Jule Böwe, Milan Peschel, Jenny Deimling, Robert Lohr, Marc Hosemann, Bruno Cathomas, Robert Stadlober, Tom Schilling, Daniel Krauss, Kirk Kirchberger, Daniel Zillmann, Irina Kastrinidis, Eralp Uzun, Oktay Oezdemir, Richard Hanschmann, Frank Giering, Robert Strasser, Mina Tander, Ruediger Rudolph, Hassan Kassab, Olga Kolb
Producers Oliver Rihs, Olivier Kolb
Production Company koboiFILM/Berlin, in co-production with Oliwood Productions/Staefa
Length 94 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Flatpack Birmingham 2006, Solothurn 2006, Hof 2006, Film Pop Montreal 2006, Edinburgh 2006, Puchon 2007, Schwerin 2007, AchtungBerlin 2007
Awards NRD Director's Award 2007, Studio Babelsberg Producer's Award 2007, German Film Promotion Award 2007 (Best Costumes & Production Design)
German Distributor BBQ*/Berlin

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