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Herr Schmidt und Herr Friedrich

Herr Schmidt und Herr Friedrich

Scenes from the life of an aging homosexual couple - Wilfried Friedrich and Kurt "Kuddel" Schmidt. A relationship-comedy and at the same time, a trip into the German past and provincial life.

The two men lead a life full of passion for trivial things, and they lead a pretty good marriage. Their story began before the fall of the Wall: one was a salesman in the west, the other was a waiter at a train station restaurant in East Berlin. The days of employment are long gone and the two men, both in their mid fifties, are confronted daily with the question of the meaning of life. They occupy themselves with various hobbies, like mini-golf, gardening, grilling, and above all, various well-maintained collections. For example, records, video cassettes, decorative plates, model trains, letters, and secret police files. Wilfried and Kuddel open closets to display their unbelievably well-organized collection of things and are themselves overwhelmed by all the memories.

Herr Schmidt and Herr Friedrich let us participate in their lives. They grip us, surprise us, move us and make us laugh. But be careful! He who finds these two petit bourgeois men amusing, will discover the same - in himself.


Ulrike Franke was born in 1970 in Dortmund and studied Theater, Film & Television Studies in Cologne. She then worked on several television and film productions as well as independent work in scriptwriting and documentaries. Since 1996, she has been active as a screenplay writer, director and producer. Together with Michael Loeken, she has she has directed and produced Und vor mir die Sterne (1998), Herr Schmidt und Herr Friedrich (2001), Soldatenglueck und Gottes Segen (2001), and Losers and Winners (2006).

Michael Loeken was born in 1954 in Neviges/Rhineland and studied Theater, Film and Television Studies in Cologne. In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for and directed the documentary Ich hatte schon begonnen die Freiheit zu vergessen. He worked from 1992-1996 as a recording supervisor for numerous documentary and feature film productions. Since 1996, he too has been active as a screenplay writer, director and producer. Together with Ulrike Franke, he has directed and produced Und vor mir die Sterne (1998), Herr Schmidt und Herr Friedrich (2001), Soldatenglueck und Gottes Segen (2001), and Losers and Winners (2006).
Genre Love Story, Tragicomedy
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Directors Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken
Screenplay Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken
Cinematography Jörg Adams
Tim McLeish, Dagmar Filoda
Cast Wilfried Friedrich, Kurt \"Kuddel\" Schmidt
Producers Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken
Production Company filmproduktion loekenfranke/Cologne, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 72 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals International Documentary Film Festival Munich 2001, The New Festival New York 2001, Umea 2001, Murphy's Cork Film Festival 2001, Leipzig 2001, Kassel 2001, Gay & Lesbian Film Festival New York 2001, Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2002
With backing from Filmbuero NW, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Niedersachsen
German Distributor filmproduktion loekenfranke/Cologne

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