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Emma's Bliss (Emmas Glueck)

Emma's Bliss
Scene from "Emma's Bliss" (photo © Wueste Film/Kerstin Stelter)

After getting the bad news that he is soon to die of cancer, Max wants to escape to the most beautiful place in the world – Mexico. When he accidentally lands at Emma’s pig farm, he realizes that true happiness waits just around the corner ...

Emma is a pig-breeder at a shabby and indebted farm. She slaughters the pigs in her own way: she treats them lovingly till the last day; the lethal cut shows something like tenderness and in Emma’s strong arms the dying animals cease bleeding, calmly and submittingly. But Emma is lonely. The missing man in her life is replaced by her motor-bike. But the loneliness stays. Until one night when a Jaguar crashes on her farm. Inside the wrecked car lies an unconscious man and a bag full of money. Emma’s luck seems to be perfect: fate has thrown money – and a man, Max – into her lap. Suspecting that he has stolen the money, Emma hides the man in her bed and the money under her bed. But soon Hans, Max’s best friend and employer, turns up and wants his money back.

In an attempt to reconciliate, Hans brings Max to a nearby hospital. Emma overcomes her shyness and finally brings him back home to the farm. Their last days together are sweetened by happiness, but Max’s days are numbered. Finally, he takes an example from the pigs and surrenders to Emma’s tender nature.


Sven Taddicken was born in 1974 in Hamburg and studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg from 1996-2002. For his short film COUNTING SHEEP (1999), he was nominated for the Student Academy Awards®. His feature debut GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001) premiered in the Official Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it also received the FIPRESCI Critics' Award. His second feature EMMA’S BLISS (2006) premiered in the Zabaltegi Competition of the San Sebastian IFF and won numerous international awards including Best Screenplay (Hamptons IFF, 2006) and an Audience Award (Sevilla IFF, 2006). His third feature 12 PACES WITHOUT A HEAD (2009) about the legendary German high-sea pirate Klaus Störtebeker was released by Warner Bros. Germany and premiered at the Shanghai IFF (2010). ORIGINAL BLISS (2016) is his 4th feature film as a director.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Sven Taddicken
Screenplay Ruth Toma, Claudia Schreiber
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Andreas Wodraschke
Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
Peter Menne
Cast Jördis Triebel, Jürgen Vogel, Hinnerk Schönemann, Nina Petri, Martin Feifel
Producers Hejo Emons, Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Production Companies Wüste Film/Hamburg, Wüste Film West/Cologne, in co-production with SWR
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Surround EX
Festivals Munich 2006, San Sebastian 2006 (Zabaltegi), Hamptons 2006 (In Competition), Seville 2006, Palm Springs 2007, Berlin 2007 (German Cinema), San Fracisco 2007, Seattle 2007, Shanghai 2007, Havana 2007
Awards German Film Promotion Award Munich 2006 (Best Actress Joerdis Triebel), Golden Starfish (Best Narrative Feature) & Zicherman Family Award (Best Screenwriter) Hamptons 2006, Audience Award Seville 2006, Bavarian Film Award 2006 (Best Actor Juergen Vogel)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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