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GRAVITY (SCHWERKRAFT)

GRAVITY
Scene from GRAVITY (photo © FRISBEEFILMS GmbH & Co KG)

Things go out of control. Order is no more. Rules no longer matter.

Frederik Feinermann is an up-and-coming young bank employee who lives an ordinary life. When a bank customer, whom Frederik has denied a loan due to the bank crisis, shoots himself in front of Frederik, he snaps. Together with ex-con Vince Holland he begins to live out a new, dark side of himself. He robs his rich bank customers' homes and gives the money to the needy. The initial rush of crossing social boundaries soon develops into an addiction to ever greater thrills.

GRAVITY tells the story of a seemingly settled bank employee who breaks the shackles of his everyday life and becomes a wanderer between worlds.


Maximilian Erlenwein was born in 1975 in Berlin. Before enrolling at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in 1999, he studied Sociology and Media Sciences and worked as a freelance camera assistant and cameraman. His acclaimed films include: ELVIS VS BRUCE LEE (short, 2000), JOHN LEE AND ME (short, 2002), BLACKOUT (short, 2005), RAW AND UNCUT (concert film, 2006), KILLING THE DISTANCE (documentary, 2007), GRAVITY (SCHWERKRAFT, 2009), and STEREO (2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Maximilian Erlenwein
Screenplay Maximilian Erlenwein
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Gergana Voigt
Jacob Ilija
Petra Albert
Cast Eleonore Weisgerber, Thorsten Merten, Jule Böwe, Nora von Waldstätten, Jürgen Vogel, Fabian Hinrichs, Jereon Willems, Fahri Yardim, Walera Kanischtscheff
Producers Alexander Bickenbach, Manuel Bickenbach
Production Company Frisbeefilms, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), in cooperation with ARTE
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2009, Zurich 2009, Molodist Kiev 2009, Tallinn Black Nights 2009, Max Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2010, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Seattle 2010, Edinburgh 2010, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011
Awards First Steps Award 2009, Special Mention Zurich 2009, Max Ophuels Prize, SR/ZDF Screenplay Award, Special Prize for Fabian Hinrichs, Best Newcomer Actress (Nora von Waldstaetten) Saarbruecken 2010, Special Jury Mention Seattle 2010, Special Mention Seattle 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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