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Buddies (Buddies - Leben auf der Ueberholspur)


They are inseparable, blood brothers through and through: the Hamburg buddies Henrik Wedekind, Phil Wagner and Jo Rimkeit. As youngsters, life tears them apart and eventually reunites them. Henrik has turned into a charming young man earning a precarious living with odd jobs. Rimkeit, on the other hand, is making millions. He owns a company, makes illegal deals and rips people off. As Henrik is once more out of work, Rimkeit offers him a job as telephone salesman. Then the two of them meet their old buddy Phil who is working for the state attorney. Now the buddies are reunited. Phil soon finds out that Rimkeit is up to dirty tricks and that his greed for money and success is changing his character. Very soon, the situation escalates ...

Roland Suso Richter born in 1961, achieved his breakthrough with his first feature-length film for the cinema, Kolp (1983). Following its screening at Cannes, the film was invited to numerous international film festivals, was nominated for the German Film Award and the Bavarian Film Award, and went on to win the 1986 Youth Video Prize. Sven's Secret (1994) received countless awards including the 1996 Erich Kaestner Prize and the Rocky Award at the Banff Television Festival. Richter enjoyed further cinema success with 14 Days to Life (14 Tage Lebenslaenglich, 1997). In 1997, he directed the TV thriller Buddies. For his outstanding work as director on The Bubi Scholz Story (TV, 1998), he received the Bavarian Television Award. His other films include: After The Truth (Nichts als die Wahrheit, 1999), which was shown in competition at San Sebastian in 1999, as well as A Hand Full of Grass (Eine Hand voll Gras, 2000) and The Tunnel (2001), both of which screened in competition at Montreal.
Genre Thriller
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 1997
Director Roland Suso Richter
Screenplay Holger Karsten Schmidt, Philip Voges
Cinematography Martin Langer
Eva Schnare
Jens Langbein, Robert Schulte Hemming
Cast Gregor Toerzs, Jürgen Vogel, Pierre Besson, Nele Mueller-Stöfen
Producers Philip Voges, Mischa Hofmann
Production Company H & V Entertainment/Munich
Length 95 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 1996
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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