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DR. ALEMÁN

DR. ALEMÁN
photo © Tom Trambow/2 Pilots Filmproduction GmbH

Seeking to escape suburban boredom, 26-year-old med student Marc travels to Cali/Colombia on an exchange. No sooner has he arrived at the hospital than he is thrust into the operating room, as if in a war zone. The beautiful cartel capital of Cali is a battleground, which his conservative host family tries to keep Marc well away from. But Marc finds himself drawn to the dangerous life in the favela of Siloé, a picturesque neighborhood of teenage hired assassins. There, he meets kiosk owner Wanda, a charming alcoholic, and little Pavito, a boy who supplies him with coke. Soon Marc is being pulled into the fast and furious life of the favelas, which brings him into conflict with his hospital and host family. He gets thrown out and takes up residence in Wanda's kiosk, already heavily in love with the beautiful owner. When gang leader El Juez, the “Judge”, wants Marc to become his personal doctor, Marc has to make a choice. Juez is on a bloody crusade for control of the town, and Marc decides he has to try and stop him.


Tom Schreiber was born in 1969 in Freising. He worked as a camera assistant in still life photography and documentary film before studying Film at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne in 1994. During an 8-month scholarship at the Escuela de Cine y Televisión in Cuba, he shot the short film Viene del Cielo (together with Christian Becker). He finished his studies in Cologne with the award-winning short film Vita Reducta. After his work as an assistant director for various feature films and as a director of several TV documentaries, he shot his first feature film Fools (Narren), which had its premiere at the Berlinale 2002. Dr. Alemán is his second feature.
Genre Adventure, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Tom Schreiber
Screenplay Oliver Keidel, Tom Schreiber
Cinematography Olaf Hirschberg
Andreas Wodraschke
Floros Floridis, Josef Suchy
Tim Pannen, Juan Carlos Acevedo
Cast Victor Villegas, Hernán Mèndez, Marleyda Soto, August Diehl
Producers Harry Flöter, Arne Ludwig, Jörg Siepmann
Production Company 2 Pilots Filmproduction/Cologne
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Spanish
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2008 (In Competition), Warsaw 2008, Sao Paulo 2008, Shanghai 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), MEDIA Plus, éQuinoxe
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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