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Head Under Water (Freischwimmer)

Head Under Water
Scene from "Head Under Water" (photo © Typhoon Films)

Something terrible is about to happen in a small town in Germany. Nobody knows the reason why, except one person. Rico Bartsch. The 15-year-old grammar school pupil, an absolute outsider, is in love with the most beautiful girl at his school. What in the beginning is a longing that can never be fulfilled will come true at the end of the story. Beautiful Regine will beg for Rico’s love. Until then, several inhabitants of the town will die an unnatural death...


Andreas Kleinert was born in 1962 in Berlin. He worked as a props assistant and intern at the DEFA feature film studios and was an assistant director to filmmakers like Rainer Simon and Hermann Zschoche. He studied Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" University of Film & Television in Babelsberg from 1984-1989 and graduated with Farewell, Joseph (Lebewohl, Joseph, 1989), which was nominated for a Student Oscar. A selection of his other award-winning films includes: Lost Landscape (Verlorene Landschaft, 1992), Outside Time (Neben der Zeit, 1995), In the Name of Innocence (Im Namen der Unschuld, 1997), Paths in the Night (Wege in die Nacht, 1999), Ich moechte Zeugnis ablegen bis zum Letzten (TV, 1999), Kelly Bastian - Geschichte einer Hoffnung (TV, 2001), Coming Home (Mein Vater, TV, 2003), Stranger (Der Fremde kam, TV, 2005), Hurenkinder (TV, 2006), Head Under Water (Freischwimmer (2007), Haus und Kind (2008), and Boundaries (Barriere, 2010).
Genre Thriller, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Thomas Wendrich
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Gisela Zick
Andreas Hoge
Gabriele Wolff
Cast Traute Hoess, Alice Dwyer, Devid Striesow, Dagmar Manzel, Fritzi Haberlandt, August Diehl, Frederick Lau
Producer Friedrich Wildfeuer
Production Company Typhoon Films/Cologne, in co-production with WDR
Length 110 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2007 (Venice Days)
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributors Novapool Pictures/Berlin, STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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