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Fat World (Fette Welt)

Fat World

Hagen Trinker leads the adventurous, pitiful, tragicomic life of a young city tramp: together with his pals, the occasional thief Tom, the heroin addict Liane, the lovesick alcoholic Edgar, the good-natured Gustl, the ravaged Edda, the jovial Stalin. Like them all, Hagen is more than once at rock bottom. Then he meets Judith, a sixteen-year-old runaway and daughter of the middle classes, who wants at long last to get to know the real life. Although he instinctively fends her off, she begins through her spontaneity to break through his protective shield, and stirs long buried feelings in him. But at the very moment when the two finally come together, they are brutally separated. Hagen learns that there is always a little bit more to lose for the person who believes that they have already lost everything - but, as he gradually begins to realise, there is also something to win. He suddenly has a goal, and, slowly, the search for Judith becomes the search for himself.


Jan Schütte was born in 1957 in Mannheim. He studied Literature, Philosophy and Art History and began making films in 1982. His award-winning films include: UGGE BAERTLE - BILDHAUER (1982), DA IST NIRGENDS NICHTS GEWESEN AUSSER HIER (1983), EIGENTLICH WOLLTE ICH JA NACH AMERIKA (1984), DRAGON CHOW (DRACHENFUTTER, 1987), VERLOREN IN AMERIKA (1988), WINCKELMANNS REISEN (1990), NACH PATAGONIEN (1991), BYE-BYE AMERICA (AUF WIEDERSEHEN AMERIKA, 1994), EINE REISE IN DAS INNERE VON WIEN (1995), FAT WORLD (FETTE WELT, 1998), THE FAREWELL (ABSCHIED, 2000), OLD LOVE (SPAETE LIEBE, 2001), SUPERTEX (2003), AND LOVE COMES LATELY (2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Jan Schütte
Screenplay Jan Schütte, Klaus Richter
Cinematography Thomas Plenert
Renate Merck
Cast Sybille Canonica, Jürgen Vogel, Lars Rudolph, Juergen Hentsch, Julia Filimonow, Stefan Dietrich, Thomas Thieme, Franz Stangl, Ursula Straetz
Producers Hanno Huth, Günter Rohrbach, Peter Herrmann, Andreas Bareiss
Production Company MTM Medien & Television/Munich, in co-production with Novoskop Film, Hamburg, Senator Film Produktion
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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