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FORGET AMERICA (VERGISS AMERIKA)

FORGET AMERICA

Having a friend like Benno is the best thing that can happen to you. Especially if you're young, your name is David, and you live in Aschleben, the most godforsaken little shit hole in the world. One day Anna enters the picture. She dreams of becoming a star. Of course Benno's the one who wins Anna's heart. David watches from the sidelines ... Alternative civil service, acting school, compulsory military duty: the three of them go their separate ways. When they come together in Aschleben again, David's father is confined to a wheelchair and David loses his job at the photography studio. Benno opens a dealership for big American cars. Anna comes back from Berlin and settles down in Aschleben to be with Benno. David begins working at the fish counter in the new supermarket: It's bad enough, but it's better than nothing. Benno is getting sucked deeper and deeper into illegal activities, and Anna seeks solace in David. And then - from out of the blue - the time with Benno is over: a time full of shattered hopes and broken dreams, full of furious passion and rage - and, yes indeed, quite simply the best time of their lives.


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
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay Maggie Peren
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Martina Matuschewski
Beckmann
Silke Buhr
Cast Roman Knižka, Franziska Petri, Marek Harloff
Producers Alena Rimbach, Herbert Rimbach
Production Companies WDR, Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich, AVISTA Film/Munich, Brainpool Pictures
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2000, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001, Kolkata 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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