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COLOURS IN THE DARK (SATTE FARBEN VOR SCHWARZ)

COLOURS IN THE DARK
Scene from COLOURS IN THE DARK (photo © unafilm 2010)

Anita and Fred have been a couple for 50 years, and happily married for nearly as long. They have two grown children, and their grandchildren are finishing school.

Both can look back at a fulfilling past, but their lives are still rich and vibrant. The fact that Fred is terribly ill has been hidden from the family.

For the first time in all these years, Fred takes some liberties, which his wife interprets as an affront. Never before has she felt so abandoned.

Although she starts to question her relationship, a love like theirs cannot end so easily. Indeed it should never end...


Sophie Heldman was born in Hamburg in 1973 to a Mexican mother and a German father. In 1976 her family moved to Switzerland, where she grew up. In 1993 she moved to New York to work as a locations manager on independent feature films. In 1996 she returned to Europe to study Directing at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin and took classes in directing actors at the Tisch School of Arts/NYU. During her studies, she worked on a number of feature films as first and second assistant director, working with directors including Sydney Pollack, Stina Werenfels, Xavier Koller and Daniel Schmid. Her short film Icke was nominated as Best Short Film at the Max-Ophüls-Preis Festival in Saarbrücken and was shown at several other festivals. Colours in the Dark is her first feature film.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Sophie Heldman
Screenplay Felix zu Knyphausen, Sophie Heldman
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Isabel Meier
Balz Bachmann
Cast Leonie Benesch, Barnaby Metschurat, Bruno Ganz, Senta Berger
Producers Titus Kreyenberg, Karin Koch
Production Company unafilm, in co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich, in association with WDR, ARTE, SRF/Zurich
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals San Sebastian 2010, Hof 2010, Palm Springs 2011, Haifa 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Eurimages
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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