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Green Desert (Gruene Wueste)

Green Desert

The green desert is the forest where Katja and Johann live out their daydreams. The forest surrounds their home town and sometimes Katja wishes it would swallow it all up and with it the constraints of her family. Her friendship and love for Johann and their mutual dream to one day excavate a knight and found their own museum give Katja the air to breathe that the confinement of her home threatens to cut off. But this childlike fantasy of a world of chivalry is cruelly invaded by real life when Johann begins to suffer from leukaemia. The Green Desert tells the story of losing one's childhood, of encountering first pain, and of growing up and growing strong.

Anno Saul was born in 1963 in Bonn. He initially studied at the Jesuit College for Philosophy in Munich, followed by studies from 1985-1990 at the University of Television & Film, also in Munich. His films include: Unter Freunden (short, 1990), Und morgen faengt das Leben an (TV, 1995), Alte Liebe - Alte Suende (TV, 1996), Blind Date (TV, 1997), Zur Zeit zu zweit (TV, 1998), Green Desert (Gruene Wueste, 1999), Die Novizin (TV, 2002), Kebab Connection (2004), Where is Fred? (Wo ist Fred?, 2006), and The Door (Die Tuer, 2009).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Anno Saul
Screenplay Swenja Karsten
Cinematography Gero Steffen
Ingrid Broszat
Marcel Barsotti
Cast Tatjana Trieb, Ulrich Noethen, Martina Gedeck, Heino Ferch, Robert Gwisdek
Producers Kirsten Ellerbrake, Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Katharina M. Trebitsch
Production Company Trebitsch Film + TV/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Length 93 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Filmfest Munich 1999, Pusan 1999, Shanghai 1999, Mar del Plata 1999
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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