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Circling (Kleine Kreise)

Circling

A notorious initiator of unsuccessful business ventures, Paul lives in a garage between a trading estate and a furniture centre. Since his wife left him, he has not seen his son Niki very often. One day during a weekend visit, the two of them get hold of a racing go-cart, just to take a few rides around. They quickly develop a taste for it. Together with the grumpy shopkeeper Karl, whom they exploit as a sponsor, they set out to roam from race to race during the summer holidays. It soon becomes fairly obvious that they don't have a chance. But Paul is far too stubborn to give up easily.


Jakob Hilpert was born in Munich in 1966. After his school graduation and alternative service, he studied English and Philosophy. In 1989, he worked as a press photographer for the Frankfurter Rundschau and as a theater photographer. His first short films 069-7118523 (1989) and Die Insel (1990) were made during these years. Since 1992, he has been a student at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. Here he has produced numerous shorts, of which Villeneuve (1998) was the most successful, winning the national competition in Oberhausen and being shown at several international festivals. During his studies he gained practical television experience with Spiegel TV, and worked as an author, director and producer of satirical sketches for ARD. Circling (Kleine Kreise) is his graduation film.
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Jakob Hilpert
Screenplay Jakob Hilpert, Paul Mollenhauer
Cinematography Sebastian Edschmid
Natali Barrey
Martin Theo Krieger
Cast Cornelius Schwalm, Matthias Zelic, Jacob Matschenz, Willem Veerkamp, Ronnie Wechselberger, Lotte Letschert
Producer Joachim von Vietinghoff
Production Companies Von Vietinghoff Film/Berlin, Geist-Film, Berlin, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hof 2000, Gothenburg 2001, Rotterdam 2001

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