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Gripsholm

Gripsholm

Kurt is a pugnacious publisher and ironic author and, thanks to his risqué chanson lyrics, a celebrated star of many a revue. In a seemingly endless summer he travels to the castle of Gripsholm together with his girlfriend Lydia. Two of their friends, the seductive vaudeville singer Billie and the passionate flyboy Karlchen, join the lovers in Sweden for a while to spend their vacation - thus causing further erotic turbulences.

Even during his vacation, Kurt is pursued by legal action initiated by the army of the German Reich. In one of his articles he had made the statement that "all soldiers are murderers" - a statement that is still highly controversial. Kurt sees the brownshirts looming on the horizon and decides not to return to Germany.

Tucholsky once wrote: "You often think that love is stronger than time, but time is always stronger than love." This is what the four summer guests Kurt, Lydia, Karlchen, and Billie have to admit to themselves at the end of their sensual and boisterous, melancholic and bitter journey to the North. It is the summer of 1932, and soon nothing will ever be the same again.


Xavier Koller is a member of the Executive Board of the Foreign Language Film Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, LA. His work Gripsholm was honoured with the Prix C.I.C.A.E. (Confederation des Cinémas d'Arts et d'Essai Européan) and represented Switzerland to compete in the Academy Awards. Journey of Hope received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1991, and the Bronze Leopard at the Film Festival Locarno. Tanner - The Rebellion was granted the National Award of the Ministry of Culture, the FIPRESCI Award at the Montreal Film Festival, and represented Switzerland at the Academy Awards in 1986. The Frozen Heart won the National Award of the Ministry of Culture, Movie of the Year, and was the biggest grossing Swiss film of 1980.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Xavier Koller
Screenplay Stefan Kolditz
Cinematography Pio Corradi
Patricia Rommel
Kol Simcha
Cast Inger Nilsson, Marcus Thomas, Ulrich Noethen, Heike Makatsch, Jasmin Tabatabai, Leif Liljeroth
Producers Kurt Stocker, Danny Krausz, Alfi Sinniger, Rainer Kölmel, Ulrich Limmer, Thomas Wilkening
Production Company Thomas Wilkening Filmgesellschaft/Potsdam, in co-production with Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich, Dor Film, Catpics/Zurich, in cooperation with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, Teleclub/Zurich, SRF/Zurich, ZDF
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Haifa 2013
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Eurimages, the Federal Representative for Culture and Media, the Swiss Federal Office for Culture, Bern, the Austrian Film Institute, European Script Fund, Media II, Succès Cinéma, ORF (Film-Fernsehabkommen)
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

World Sales
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