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Happy As One (Komm Naeher)

Happy As One
Scene from "Happy As One" (photo © K5 Film GmbH)

It's the unexpected smile on a stranger's face... The warmth of a voice on the phone... The tingle of fingers brushing against each other... Little things that awaken desires and stir longings... and that trace the paths of several parallel journeys towards happiness, one winter, in Berlin.

A hardened yet fragile young woman meets a man whose gentleness she cannot fathom... A wife, mother and career woman unintentionally forces her husband into a passivity that he must escape to survive... A mother and her teenage daughter both fall for the same middle-aged, overweight, unassuming man...

Subtle, penetrating stories of men and women who come together in strange ways, encounters full of humor and drama among people who, perhaps for only a brief moment, meld into a little community of individuals happy as one...

An episodic drama painted with gentle brushstrokes and vibrant lightness by director Vanessa Jopp, who leapt into the public eye with her first feature film Forget America, winner of several German and international awards.

Vanessa Jopp , born in 1971, studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1993-1999. After shooting several films on video, she directed her first short on film, Aquavitae, in 1994. This was followed by Alpaliens (short, 1995), One Night Suicide (short, 1996) and This is a True Story About a Puker on the Roof (short, 1997). She has also made some music videos and has worked for the comedy show Wochenshow. Her films include: co-direction with six other HFF/M students on Honolulu (1999), her first feature film Forget America (Vergiss Amerika, 2000), Engel + Joe (2001), Happy as One (Komm Naeher, 2005), and Messy Christmas (Meine schoene Bescherung, 2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay Adrienne Bortoli, Stefan Schneider
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Brigitta Tauchner
Thomas Stark
Cast Marek Harloff, Jana Pallaske, Hinnerk Schönemann, Fritz Roth, Stefanie Stappenbeck, Meret Becker, Heidrun Bartholomäus
Producer Oliver Simon
Production Company K5 Media Group/Munich, in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion, in cooperation with Radio Bremen, WDR, ARTE
Length 97 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Panorama), Karlovy Vary 2006, Montreal 2006, Copenhagen 2006 (In Competition), Ghent 2006, Haifa 2006, Seattle 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006
Awards Best Actress (Heidrun Bartholomaeus) Copenhagen 2006
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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