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Elephant Heart (Elefantenherz)

Elephant Heart
Daniel Bruehl

Once you're in, you gotta win. Marco was born into a world that never really left him much of a chance. The young man is the offspring of a low social class, broken family living in the ugly suburban environment of a German ex-coalminer's city. Stepping into the ring and striking the final, angry punch is Marco's only escape. Wild, uncontrollable and uncompromising. He puts himself onto a roller coaster of violence, crime and a mystery, buried deep in his very own past when he signs a deal to become a professional boxer. Marco's life will never be the same again.


Zueli Aladag was born in Turkey in 1968 and studied at Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). He has been a freelance filmmaker since 1995 and founded \"JEK\" (Young European Cinema) in 1999, and has since then produced five films by European directors. His own films include: the award-winning Zoran (documentary, 1997), Listen (Hoer Dein Leben, short, 1999), Bevor der Tag anbricht (short, 1999), Ausbruch (short, 1999), his first feature Elephant Heart (Elefantenherz, 2002) which was nominated for a German Film Award, and Mutterliebe (TV, 2003), an episode of the Tatort series.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Zueli Aladag
Screenplay Zueli Aladag, Joerg Tensing, Marija Erceg
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Andreas Wodraschke
Eckart Gadon
Ruth Wilbert
Cast Daniel Brühl, Manfred Zapatka, Jochen Nickel, Erhan Emre, Angelika Bartsch
Producer Annette Pisacane
Production Company Cameo Film & Fernsehproduktion/Cologne
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2002, Montreal 2003 (Cinema of Europe), Cinema & History Istanbul 2003, Rotterdam 2004
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2003 for Best New Producer and Best Cinematography, German Film Award for Best Leading Actor
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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