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Harpist, The

Harpist, The

A dramatic thriller about passions, a beautiful harpist and a fateful journey that leads from a little island in the Baltic Sea to the furthest corners of Ireland. The daydreamer bookseller Ferdinand meets the Irish harpist Rebecca, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, on an island in the Baltic Sea. A dream that seems unattainable - until he meets Henry, a sophisticated and mysterious stranger. Under Henry's influence, Ferdinand follows Rebecca to Hamburg, learns to observe, immerse himself in her life and become part of her. When Ferdinand then becomes a close friend of Rebecca's and a tender love affair develops, the brotherly friend and teacher turns into an embittered enemy. Whereever the two lovers go, a dark shadow follows them leaving a trail of cruel violence behind it. A stormy night is finally the setting for a murderous duel - for the final confrontation between love and obsession.


Hansjörg Thurn was born in Hagen in 1960. From 1980-1984 he studied film in Dortmund, majoring in Scriptwriting and Directing. Since then, he has created and directed a number of short films, documentaries and social features for television while his journalistic assignments include time spent in Japan, South Africa and Yugoslavia. His films as a director are THE HARPIST (1996), LOVE NEVER FAILS (MARMOR, STEIN UND EISEN, 2000), and UNTER FRAUEN.
Genre Thriller, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Hansjörg Thurn
Screenplay Hansjörg Thurn, Phil O\'Shea
Cinematography Gerry Lively
David Martin
Brian Bennett
Cast Christien Anholt, Geraldine O\'Rawe, Stephen McGann
Producer Christoph Meyer-Wiel
Production Company Schlemmer Film/CMW Film, Berlin, in co-production with Helkon Media Filmproduktion/Munich, WDR, Jester Pictures/London
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby
With backing from Isle of Man Film Commission
German Distributor Nil Film Art & Entertainment/Munich

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