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Calling Game, The (Anruferin, Die)

Calling Game, The
Valerie Koch (photo © Wueste Film West/Thekla Ehling)

“Please, can you tell me another story? No, not a bedtime story. A really exciting one...,” the voice of a lonely child begs somebody on the telephone. Craving for warmth and compassion, it is Irm, a woman in her early 30s. She calls strangers and, imitating a child's voice, pretends she is a young cancer patient. In heart-rending conversations, she establishes relationships that she abruptly ends when they threaten to become too close. This is Irm’s way of reaching out from her life, a life in which she jobs in a laundrette and looks after her bed-ridden mother. Though no longer able to talk, her mother still makes it clear that her favorite was always Irm's sister Margit. But now Irm has the upper hand and lets her know it.

When she meets the self-assured but emotionally vulnerable Sina, she comes up against a woman who is in great need of a friend and thinks she's found her in Irm. Caught between the pull of her mother's imminent death and her manipulative play-acting, Irm is increasingly drawn to the strong, life-loving woman who offers her friendship. She knows that Sina must learn the truth some day and is afraid of losing her. But Sina is more tenacious than
she thinks – and believes in Irm more than she does herself...

The Calling Game is director Felix Randau’s second feature after his 2003 film Northern Star, which also won him the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award for Best Script.


Felix Randau was born in 1974 in Emden. After studies in German Literature and Ethnology, he studied Directing at the German Academy of Film & Television (DFFB) in Berlin. His films include: the shorts RITUAL (1995), SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME YESTERDAY (1996), MATADORE (1997), BOOMTOWN BERLIN (1997), SOMETHING STUPID (1998), SIEMENSSTADT (2000), and the features NORTHERN STAR (2003), THE CALLING GAME (2007), and ICEMAN (2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Felix Randau
Screenplay Vera Kissel
Cinematography Jutta Pohlmann
Gergana Voigt
Thies Mynther
Peter Menne
Cast Franziska Ponitz, Esther Schweins, Valerie Koch
Producers Stefan Schubert, Hejo Emons, Ralph Schwingel, Björn Vosgerau
Production Company Wüste Film West/Cologne, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals San Sebastian 2007 (Zabaltegi), Goa 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nordmedia

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