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Giardino, Il

Giardino, Il
Scene from "Il Giardino" (photo © COIN FILM/Lars Henning Schroeder)

An overweight man has been invited by a friendly couple to a posh restaurant. They have just finished dinner and he keeps on complaining that every other human being is doing better than himself and that fate obviously denies him a happy life, both professionally and emotionally. Attending to their own problems, the interpersonal relations of the patrons at adjacent tables become a little troublesome, and tension seems to rise. Although the guests are not related over the borders of their tables, all of them are forced into an interaction, whose atrocious outcome happens to be inevitable. Even if you wouldn’t have expected it from such an everyday life situation.


Michael Ester was born in 1972 in Bad Duerkheim. He studied Psychology and Media & Communication in Trier followed by Film & Television Studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Also active as a writer, his films include: Blasse Schimmer (short, 1999), Koelsche Kueche (short, 2000), Liebesglueck (short, 2000), Viktor (short, 2001), Karlchens Parade (short, 2003), and Il Giardino (short, 2008).
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Category Short
Year of Production 2008
Director Michael Ester
Screenplay Torsten Wacker
Cinematography Ernst Kubitza
Tom Dokoupil
Tom Dokoupil
Daniel Kolarov
Cast Tanja Wenzel, Dirk Muehlenbach, Mirco Reseg, Julia Beerhold, Guido Renner, Dirk Bach, Ercan Durmaz
Producer Herbert Schwering
Production Company COIN FILM/Cologne
Length 11 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Luenen 2008, Short Cuts Cologne 2008, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2009
Awards Murnau Short Film Award 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor COIN FILM/Cologne

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