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Engel + Joe

Engel + Joe

This is true love. Engel, a punk, meets Joe, a runaway, and that adventure called life begins. Engel spends each day without any particular plans, but he has his dreams, and he inspires Joe to dream as well. They fall madly in love and Joe gets pregnant. But what is their place in life? Where can they find a home? And who will accept them as they are? Engel and Joe decide to have the baby. Against all odds, their feelings promise a future for them if they overcome their fears and believe in their dreams. Driven by desire, their love becomes a bulwark against the rest of the world. But before they can make their dream of a home in the mountains come true, they have to survive the harsh reality of life on the streets.

The screenplay by Stern-reporter Kai Hermann (co-author, Christiane F. - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo) is based on true events and, in the hands of director Vanessa Jopp (Forget America), becomes a merciless yet poetic drama of youth. German shooting stars Robert Stadlober (Crazy) and Jana Pallaske (alaska.de) shine in this dense, authentic story.


Vanessa Jopp , born in 1971, studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1993-1999. After shooting several films on video, she directed her first short on film, Aquavitae, in 1994. This was followed by Alpaliens (short, 1995), One Night Suicide (short, 1996) and This is a True Story About a Puker on the Roof (short, 1997). She has also made some music videos and has worked for the comedy show Wochenshow. Her films include: co-direction with six other HFF/M students on Honolulu (1999), her first feature film Forget America (Vergiss Amerika, 2000), Engel + Joe (2001), Happy as One (Komm Naeher, 2005), and Messy Christmas (Meine schoene Bescherung, 2007).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay Kai Hermann
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Martina Matuschewski
Beckmann
Cast Robert Stadlober, Jana Pallaske
Producers Michael Eckelt, Volker Stolberg
Production Company Riva Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Prokino Filmverleih/Munich, in cooperation with WDR
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 2001 (in competition), Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Gothenburg 2002, Giffoni 2002, Tallinn Black Nights 2010
Awards Best Main Actor Montreal 2001
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Cine Tirol
German Distributor Prokino Filmverleih/Munich

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