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Scene from "Close" (photo © DAX-Fotodesign, Christian Riefling)

Jost roams through the streets of Berlin. He opposes the world enraged, aggressively and furiously in a self-destructive way. He continuously provokes situations proving to himself that everybody hates him. He is convinced he does not need anybody and does not let anyone get close to him.

Anna is walled in by her fear and unable to leave her apartment. She manages to keep this situation from all the others in a system of lies. Her reserves draw to a close. She heads for a catastrophe.

One day, Jost shows up at her door.


Marcus Lenz was born in the Ruhr Basin in 1969. After completing his studies in Essen, he worked as a communications designer before discovering his love for storytelling. In 1995 he began studies at the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin and founded the production company irrlicht-film in 2001 together with Ingo Rudloff. He also works as an animal film director and director of photography. Among other films, he shot Das Wunder von Kaufbeuren (by Gerald Maas and Tine Kugler), as well as the Portuguese features Esquece tudo o que te disse and Respirar (by Antonio Ferreira) and won the award for Best Cinematography at the Festival Ibérico de Cine in Badajoz/Spain in 2001. His films as a director include: immer und immer (short, 1997), alles ist nie (short, 1998), Der gelbe Fluss - Leben und Sterben in Hongkong (documentary, 2000), Deutsche Angst (2001), Close (2004), 24 UTC - Die Welt um Mitternacht (documentary, 2006), and (together with Ingo Rudloff) Phantoms of the Night - Lynxes in Europe (2003), Snakes Nearby - The Hunt for Species (2005), and School Trip Into Poachers\' Territory (2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Marcus Lenz
Screenplay Marcus Lenz, Dagmar Gabler
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Bettina Boehler
Tarwater
Reinhild Blaschke
Cast Christoph Bach, Jule Böwe, Julia Richter, Julia Jaeger, Joachim Paul Assboeck, Torsten Michaelis, Hermann Beyer, Falk Rockstroh
Producers Karsten Aurich, Martin Cichy
Production Company Sabotage Films/Berlin, in co-production with Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 89 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2004, Goteborg 2005, Shanghai 2005, Kiev 2005
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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