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Christof Gareisen, Adele Neuhauser

Imagine two people, a man and a woman, standing and looking out of the window of their idyllic house in an idyllic village. It is the depth of night and they are watching a mysterious stranger in their garden. A mysterious stranger, with a shovel in his hands, who is digging his own grave. The wife knows who the man is but has concealed from her husband the fact of their passionate relationship. When the stranger then proceeds to blow his own brains out, the couple fulfill his last wish…

So begins GONE, a surreal game of love, life and death, fiction and reality, takes place on that seam where fiction and reality meet

In flashbacks we learn the story of the deceased, an author who is suffering from writer’s block and has subsequently turned his back on the world, and how he meets a suicidal and psychotic publisher whom he turns into the main character of his latest novel. Events in real life and the novel interact and parallel each other, giving rise to a fatally passionate relationship which ends in lethal consequences.

Zoltan Paul was born in Budapest. After studying Acting in Austria, he had roles in films by Michael Haneke and Reinhard Schwabenitzky, and then moved to Germany, where he was a member of several theater ensembles and took on roles in numerous television productions. He began directing in 1990, including his own play Salieri’s Mozart (1991) and the rock opera Rausch (loosely based on Goldoni’s The Liar), and has written the screenplays of several episodes of the popular TV crime series SOKO 5113. His films as a director include: GONE (2003), LIVE WIRE (2009), WOMAN’S LAKE (2012), AMOK – HANSI GEHT'S GUT (2015) and BREAKDOWN IN TOKYO (2017).
Genre Drama, Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Zoltan Paul
Screenplay Zoltan Paul
Cinematography Sven Kiesche
Christian Virmond
Johannes Enders
Cast Christof Gareisen, Robert Giggenbach, Adele Neuhauser, Detlef Bothe
Producer Zoltan Paul
Production Companies 13th Street/Universal Studios/Munich, Zoltan Paul Productions/Polling, M. Medienproduktionen/Bremen
Length 84 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Cairo 2003, Calcutta 2003, Mar del Plata 2004 (in competition)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BIA-Bremen
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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