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Brother of Sleep (Schlafes Bruder)

Brother of Sleep
Scene from "Brother of Sleep"

Based on Robert Schneider's bestseller of the same name (now translated into 24 languages), Brother of Sleep recounts the story of the musician Johannes Elias Alder, who brought an end to his life at the age of 22 after he decided not to sleep anymore. A mountain village cut off from the rest of the world is the setting for the fate of this man whose musical genius overwhelms him like a catastrophe because it prevents him from following his heart and being happy with the woman he loved more than his own life.

Joseph Vilsmaier was born in 1939 and grew up in Munich and Pfarrkirchen. He undertook an apprenticeship at ARRI from 1953 to 1961 and studied Music at the Munich Conservatory. In 1961, he became a camera assistant at Bavaria and has been a director of photography since 1972. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with AUTUMN MILK (HERBSTMILCH), followed by RAMA DAMA (1990), STALINGRAD (1992), CHARLIE & LOUISE (1993), BROTHER OF SLEEP (SCHLAFES BRUDER, 1995), COMEDIAN HARMONISTS (1997), MARLENE (1999),LEO & CLAIRE (2001), ROCK CRYSTAL (BERGKRISTALL, 2004), THE LAST TRAIN (DER LETZTE ZUG, 2006), DIE GESCHICHTE VOM BRANDNER KASPAR (2008), and NANGA PARBAT (2009).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1995
Director Joseph Vilsmaier
Screenplay Robert Schneider
Cinematography Joseph Vilsmaier
Alexander Berner
Hubert von Goisern, Norbert Juergen Schneider
Cast André Eisermann, Michaela Rosen, Lena Stolze, Eva Mattes, Dana Vávrová, Jochen Nickel, Ben Becker, Jürgen Schornagel, Paulus Manker
Production Companies Perathon Film/Munich, Iduna Film/Munich, Dor Film-West, B.A. Produktion/Munich, Kuchenreuther Film/Munich
Length 129 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
With backing from Bayerische Film- und Fernsehfoerderung
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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Joseph Vilsmaier
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82031 Gruenwald/Germany
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