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Favorable Opportunity, A ('ne guenstige Gelegenheit)

Everything is going badly for the underdog Gosbert Klee. In the middle of winter, the caravan where he has been living - on a dilapidated camp site belonging to his mate Abo - explodes because of a faulty gas pipe. Gosbert loses everything - not that it belonged to him, anyway.
Then the prostitute Carlotta Valdez asks for his help. One of her customers has died of a stroke "on the job". She wants Gosbert to help her get rid of the body. In the dead Bandrik's wallet, Gosbert finds the key card to a hotel room, in the hotel's underground garage he finds a BMW, and in the car's trunk they find the kidnapped multimillionaire Lorenz Kellermann. A favourable opportunity! With the ransom in his pocket Gosbert would never have to freeze again - he could at last realise his dream of emigrating to Africa. Together with Abo and Carlotta, he decides to take over the kidnapping ...

Gernot Roll was born in Dresden in 1939 and trained at the DEFA studios in Babelsberg. In 1960, he became an operator at the Bavaria Film studios and worked there as a director of photography from 1964-1976. His credits as one of Germany's leading cameramen include Edgar Reitz's Stunde Null (1976) and Heimat (1982), Axel Corti's Welcome to Vienna (1985), Soenke Wortmann's Der bewegte Mann (1994) and Helmut Dietl's Rossini (1996). He made his (co-) directorial debut on Corti's Radetzkymarsch (1994) and followed this with Ballermann 6 (1997), A Favorable Opportunity (Ne guenstige Gelegenheit, 1999), Tach, Herr Dokter (1999), and Pura Vida Ibiza (2003). Roll has received numerous prizes and distinctions for his work, including Adolf Grimme Awards in Gold (for Heimat and Radetzkymarsch), German Film Awards (for Wildfeuer and Meine Tochter gehoert mir) and Bavarian Film & Television Awards (for Wildfeuer and Das Maedchen Rosemarie).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Gernot Roll
Screenplay Thomas Oliver Walendy
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Hans Funck
Ulrich Reuter
Cast Herbert Knaup, Armin Rohde, Benno Fürmann, Rebecca Immanuel
Producers Wolfgang Esenwein, Henrik Meyer
Production Company Studio Hamburg Letterbox/Hamburg, in co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 6-Track
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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