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FOG IN AUGUST (NEBEL IM AUGUST)

FOG IN AUGUST
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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2015

Director Kai Wessel returns to a dark period in the last century for the first feature film to address one of the greatest taboos of German history – the Nazis' euthanasia program during the Third Reich. Based on Robert Domes' 2008 historical novel, FOG IN AUGUST centers on the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his origins in a family of travelers. He soon discovers the truth behind the hospital's façade and sabotages its euthanasia program to help his new-found friends, but his actions have not gone unnoticed...

Ernst is played by the young Berliner Ivo Pietzcker who left a lasting impression on audiences through the title role in Edward Berger's award-winning JACK.
Genre Drama, History
Category Feature
Director Kai Wessel
Screenplay Holger Karsten Schmidt
Cast Ivo Pietzcker, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Schubert, Fritzi Haberlandt, David Bennent, Henriette Confurius, Karl Markovics
Producer Ulrich Limmer
Co-Producers Danny Krausz, Kalle Friz, Josef Reidinger, Franz Kraus, Antonio Exacoustos, Ernst Eberlein, Caroline von Senden
Production Company Collina Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Dor Film, STUDIOCANAL Film, ARRI Media, B.A. Produktion/Munich, Ernst Eberlein Filmproduktion/Großenseebach, ZDF
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates May-July 2015
Festivals Giffoni 2016, Haifa 2016, Beijing 2017, Edinburgh 2017, Shanghai 2017, CPH PIX 2017, BUSTER Copenhagen 2017
Awards Best Film 2nd Classified & CGS Award Percorsi Creativi Giffoni 2016, German Film Award 2017 (Best Supporting Actress)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Film Location Austria (FISA), Filmfonds Wien, Austrian Film Institute
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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