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Desire is the story of Francis, a former piano prodigy, now relegated to performing in shabby lounges, seeking solace in drink and loveless sex. His barren existence is transformed when he unexpectedly finds love with an older woman, a lonely elementary school teacher. But their relationship ends in tragedy when she uncovers Francis' unbearable secret.

An emotional journey, Desire peels back layers of psychological skin, exposing the tortured heart of a man searching for his conscience.

Colleen Murphy was born in Quebec/Canada, and after university studied at the Strasberg Institute in New York. Her radio drama Pumpkin Eaters won second prize in the 1990 CBC Literary Competition and the same year her screenplay, Terminal Station, was nominated for a Genie Best Original Screenplay. As a 1995 director resident at the Canadian Film Center she completed her second short, The Feeler, which won a Golden Sheaf Award at the 1996 Yorkton Film and Video Festival and was nominated for a Genie (Best Short) in 1996. She directed the feature, Shoemaker, which won the Audience Choice Award at Toronto in 1996, shared the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Mannheim-Heidelberg in 1997, and was nominated for three Genie Awards in 1998. Playwright-in-Residence at Necessary Angel Theater Company in Toronto, her 1998 play Beating Heart Cadaver was nominated for a 1999 Chalmers Award.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Colleen Murphy
Screenplay Colleen Murphy
Cinematography Christophe Bonnière
Ron Sanders
Bill Thompson
Cast Katja Riemann, Zachary Bennett, Joost Siedhoff, Graham Greene, Miranda Grayson
Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf, Elisabeth Yake, Dietmar Güntsche
Production Company Bioskop Film/Munich, in co-production with ZDF, Subjective Eye Inc, Toronto, Telefilm Canada/Toronto
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
German Distributor Arthaus Filmverleih/Munich

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