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Eat, Sleep, No Women (Essen, Schlafen, keine Frauen)

Eat, Sleep, No Women
Scene from "Eat, Sleep, No Women" (photo © Stadler Film/WDR/BR)

"Wars should be limited to countries with difficult names and difficult climates. This would keep television news announcers from mentioning them and would limit the number of foreign correspondents to a minimum." Margaret Millar in "The Murder von Miranda"

Sunday, 7 October 2001. At 18:27 h local time, the first cruise missiles hits their targets in Kabul, Dandahar and Jalalabad: "America strikes back".

On this fateful Sunday, a billboard painter in Rawalpindi is worried about his wedding day, two men on the Amazon are happy about rising gold prices, an unemployed musician plays saxophone in the Paris subway, a South African miner works an extra shift, an American in China writes a letter to his wife in Ohio, an Egyptian popstar is supposed to sing in Washington...

It is like the story of the butterfly in China, which with a flap of its wings, sets a storm in motion on the other side of the world. Only that one can also view the story from another perspective: falling bombs in Afghanistan can lead to shortcomings of domestic bliss in Paris, closed doors for concert-goers in Washington, a Pakistani woman never seeing her fiancé's face again, or a woman in Ohio trusting her husband, for no reason at all.


Heiner Stadler was born in 1948. After his schooling, he worked as a photoreporter. He broke off Theater and Art History studies to attend the film school in Munich until 1975. Before he started making his own films, he worked as a cameraman on numerous documentary and feature films. His award-winning films include: King Kongs Faust (1984), Gold! (1988), Das Ende einer Reise (documentary, 1992), Hannibal (documentary, 1993), Warshots (1996), Der Kunstdetektiv (documentary, 2001), and Eat, Sleep, No Women (Essen, Schlafen, keine Frauen, 2002), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2002
Director Heiner Stadler
Screenplay Heiner Stadler
Cinematography Yusef Hu, Heiner Stadler
Micki Joanni
Roman Bunka
Producer Heiner Stadler
Production Company Heiner Stadler Film, Munich, in cooperation with WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 76 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2002, Locarno 2002, Montreal 2002, Florence 2002, AFI Los Angeles 2002, Mar del Plata 2003, Singapore 2003, Banff 2003

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