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HEROES
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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2013

Without warning, a communications satellite crashes into the Berlin Reichstag, leaving great destruction in its wake. While the authorities speculate about a terrorist attack, airplanes start falling from the sky and communications systems collapse – Germany and the rest of the world are in a state of emergency.

To the west of Geneva. In the largest scientific research center in the world, which operates with a billion-dollar budget, an experiment gone wrong is throwing the world out of joint. Scientists from 80 nations have simulated the big bang with the so-called “God machine”, the biggest nuclear particle accelerator in the world, and created a black hole that changes the earth’s gravitation. The young scientist Sophie, a former staff member of this institute, had already warned about the risks presented by the God machine in her doctoral dissertation. An explosion then cripples the research center....

The German Federal Chancellor orders Sophie to go to Geneva and put an end to the escalating experiment. She is accompanied by Marc, whose sister Andrea and daughter Jana are trapped with a group of children in the Geneva research center.

For our two heroes, reaching Geneva is a tour de force through various countries in a state of chaos. But it also becomes a time of human encounters, in which courage is stronger than fear, and people do not withdraw into themselves, but reach out and act. A time in which the end is a beginning and two brothers again become one heart and one mind. In which strength grows out of weakness, and a great nation out of individuals. In which hope rises up from despair, and great love from loneliness. A time in which one glance says more than a thousand words and the smallest ones are simply gigantic.
Genre Action, Adventure
Category TV Movie
Director Hansjörg Thun
Screenplay Derek Meister, Simon X. Rost
Cinematography Peter Joachim Krause
Cast Christiane Paul, Hannes Jaenicke, Heiner Lauterbach, Christine Neubauer, Armin Rohde, Yvonne Catterfeld
Producers Stefan Raiser, Felix Zackor
Co-Producer Dieter Pochlatko
Production Company Dreamtool Entertainment, in co-production with epo-film/Vienna
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates August-October 2012
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Nordmedia, Fernsehfonds Austria

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