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House of the Sleeping Beauties (Haus der schlafenden Schoenen, Das)

House of the Sleeping Beauties
Scene from "House of Sleeping Beauties" (photo © Atossa Film)

Edmond, a man in his late 60s, visits a mysterious "maison", a kind of a brothel specialized for customers beyond their 80s. In this "establishment" it is possible for these old men to spend time in bed with beautiful, sleeping girls the whole night through. The girls won’t awake, they are drugged; the older men feel warm and comfortable, embracing the youth and the beauty of these young women.

More and more, Edmond surrenders to this unconscious seduction, juvenile virginity and unpredictable sensuality. In confrontation to his age, bedazzled by the breath, scent and innocent warmth of the young women, he glides into associations and memories of his past life. Bizarre moments become the inspiration and urge to simply fade away next to a girl.

But one day, Edmond observes the Madame supervising a corpse being packed in a bag, thrown into a car and secretly taken away. Nevertheless, Edmond returns more and more often to "The House of the Sleeping Beauties", considering questions of morality and limits. Where reality doesn’t seem to exist, it doesn’t take long until it sends – with fatal complications – the dreams of the old men to an end.

Vadim Glowna was born 1941 and grew up in Hamburg. The versatile actor, director and author began his career in 1961 when Gustaf Gruendgens took him on at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus. Glowna went on to become one of Germany’s most popular actors and also appeared in international productions like Sam Peckinpah\'s epos Cross of Iron and Claude Chabrol\'s Quiet Days in Clichy. In 2000 he was named Best Actor of the Year by the German Film Critics\' Association for his appearance in Oskar Roehler\'s award-winning film No Place to Go. Glowna is also a very successful director, having directed more than 30 television films and eight feature films. In 1981 he won several awards for the film Desperado City including the Caméra d\'Or in Cannes. Two of his other films, Nothing Left to Lose (1983) and Raising to the Bait (1992), were in the official competition at Berlin and received Honorable Mentions. In 1989 Glowna was member of the jury at the Berlinale.
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Vadim Glowna
Screenplay Vadim Glowna
Cinematography Ciro Cappellari
Charlie Lézin
Nick Glowna, Siggi Mueller
Peter Weber
Cast Vadim Glowna, Angela Winkler, Maximilian Schell, Birol Uenel
Producers Vadim Glowna, Raymond Tarabay
Production Company Atossa Film/Berlin
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Belgrade 2007, Molodist Kiev 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Atossa Film/Berlin

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