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Hedi, Uli and their son, Finn, have life sorted out. They take each day as it comes, all the while dreaming of the future. Then, suddenly: Hedi gets stuck. The lift she’s traveling in breaks down – and then her head does, too. All of a sudden, nothing is the same. Hedi and Uli try to hold on to each other, but their world spins out of control. In a last-ditch attempt to rescue their love, they take a trip to Norway. The aim: to be happy again – for 24 hours, at least.

With a light touch and tender humor, HEDI SCHNEIDER IS STUCK shows that, for the 30-something generation, love is what it has always been: a very fragile thing. After HOTEL VERY WELCOME, director Sonja Heiss once again demonstrates her exceptional skill in treading the thin line between tragedy and comedy. With great affection for her characters, she explores what happens when “normal life” suddenly comes to an end.

Sonja Heiss was born in 1976 in Munich and studied at the University of Film & Television Munich. Since 1997, she has been working as a casting director for commercials and since 2002 has been directing commercials herself. Her films include: FAST & CLEAN (short, 1999), KARMA COWBOY (short, 2001), CHRISTINA WITHOUT (short, 2004), HOTEL VERY WELCOME (2007), and HEDI SCHNEIDER IS STUCK (2015).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Sonja Heiss
Screenplay Sonja Heiss
Cinematography Nikolai von Graevenitz
Cast Laura Tonke, Hans Löw, Leander Nitsche, Melanie Straub, Simon Schwarz, Margarita Broich, Matthias Bundschuh, Rosa Enskat, Urs Jucker, Kathleen Morgeneyer
Producers Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade
Production Company Komplizen Film, in co-production with MER Film, FilmCamp, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 92 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Festivals Berlinale 2015, Seattle 2015, Cambridge 2015, Haifa 2015, Philadelphia 2015, Cork 2015, Sevilla European Film Festival 2015, Black Nights Tallinn 2015
Awards German Film Award 2016 (Best Leading Actress: Laura Tonke)
With backing from HessenFilm und Medien, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Board, MEDIA, Filmcamp, Hessische Filmförderung
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Aschaffenburg

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