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CLOSED SEASON is set in 1942 and tells the story of Fritz and Emma who are hiding Albert, a Jewish refugee, at their remote farm in the Black Forest. Since his marriage with Emma has remained childless, Fritz uses the situation to suggest an unorthodox arrangement: He asks Albert to sleep with his wife and conceive a child on his behalf. The consequences are dramatic: Emma discovers her sexuality, Fritz cannot control his jealousy and Albert feels trapped between the two of them. Against the background of war, an unpredictable drama unfolds that turns offenders into victims and vice versa.

Franziska Schlotterer was born in Munich in 1972. She studied at Northwestern University in Chicago and New York University, followed by the Screenwriting Masterclass Step by Step in Berlin. Also active as a screenwriter, her films as a director include: UPON ARRIVAL (short, 1995), TIMES OF CHANGE (doc, 1998), GAME OVER (short, 2005), THE ARCHITECT (short, 2006), THE SMARTER SOLUTION (short/image film, 2007), WALKING THROUGH THERESIENSTADT (short doc, 2009), UNDER SUSPICION (doc, 2009), and CLOSED SEASON (2012).
Genre Drama, History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Franziska Schlotterer
Screenplay Franziska Schlotterer, Gwendolyn Bellmann
Cinematography Bernd Fischer
Cast Brigitte Hobmeier, Hans Jochen Wagner, Christian Friedel, Thomas Loibl, Rami Heuberger, Max Mauff, Michaela Eshet, Ayala Meidan, Mike Maas, Wolfgang Packhäuser, Stela M. Katic Prislin, Pepe Trebs, Carla Soravia, Holger Braune
Producers Christian Drewing, Philipp Homberg
Co-Producer Itai Tamir
Production Company EIKON Südwest/Stuttgart, in co-production with SWR, Laila Films/Tel Aviv
Length 100 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Filmfest Munich 2012, Biberacher Filmfestspielen 2012, Kinofest Lünen 2012, Montreal World Film Festival 2012, Plus Camerimage 2012, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2013, San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2013, Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2013
Awards Best Film Lünen 2012, Best Actress & Ecumenical Film Prize Montreal 2012, Bavarian Film Award 2013 (Best Leading Actress)
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Israeli Filmfond

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