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DREILEBEN - ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS (DREILEBEN - EINE MINUTE DUNKEL)

DREILEBEN - ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS
Scene from DREILEBEN – ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS (photo © Reinhold Vorschneider)

In the summer of 2006, film directors Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler began corresponding with each other on the subjects of film aesthetics, the Berlin School, Germany and the film genre (their correspondence was published in the German film magazine Revolver). Two years later they decided to continue this theoretical discussion with a joint film project: three individual stories revolving around the same “fait divers”: the escape of a convicted criminal from police custody. Graf’s DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND tells the story of a police psychologist who meets old acquaintances while investigating a case. In Petzold’s BEATS BEING DEAD a young man doing alternative national service experiences a love story without a future. And in Christoph Hochhäusler’s ONE MINUTES OF DARKNESS an indefatigable policeman hunting the escaped prisoner begins to doubt false certainties. Three films, three styles, three exciting approaches, variations, analyses.

In DREILEBEN - ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS Frank Molesch, convicted of murder, takes advantage of an opportunity to flee. He hides out in a forest. But the isolation and the knowledge he’s being hunted by police change him, and fear starts to get to him. The police use everything they’ve got to try to find him - but it’s a detective on sick leave who gets closest to the truth.


Christoph Hochhäusler 's works have premiered in Berlin (Forum, Competition) and in Cannes (Un Certain Regard). Aside from filmmaking, he has published essays in several film journals, and he lectures in the film departments of various universities in the USA and Germany, such as Harvard (VES), Hamburg (Media School), Munich (HFF) and Berlin (DFFB). He is also founder and co-publisher of the film magazine Revolver. Born in 1972 in Munich, he studied Architecture in Berlin before graduating in Film Directing at the University of Film & Television Munich (HFF). His feature films include: DREILEBEN - ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS (TV, 2011), THE CITY BELOW (2010), the episode SÉANCE in DEUTSCHLAND 09 (2009), LOW PROFILE (2005), THIS VERY MOMENT (2003), and THE LIES OF THE VICTORS (DIE LÜGEN DER SIEGER, 2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Christoph Hochhäusler
Screenplay Christoph Hochhäusler, Peer Klehmet
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Cast Stefan Kurt, Eberhard Kirchberg, Imogen Kogge, Timo Jacobs, Joan Pascu, Holger Doellmann, Paraschiva Dragus
Producer Bettina Brokemper
Co-Producers Frank Tönsmann, Gebhard Henke, Bettina Reitz, Jörn Klamroth
Production Company Heimatfilm/Cologne for WDR
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Sydney 2011, Locarno 2011 (Out of Competition), Melbourne 2011, Toronto 2011, New York 2011, London 2011, Ghent 2011, Philadelphia 2011, Hong Kong 2012, San Francisco 2012, Transilvania IFF Cluj 2012, Listapad Minsk 2012, Festival do Rio 2013

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