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Let the Cat Out of the Bag (Katze im Sack)

Let the Cat Out of the Bag
Scene from "Cat Out of the Bag" (photo © Dirk Scheidt)

24 hours in Leipzig on a winter day. Karl the drifter meets Doris the waitress. Doris is in a voyeuristic relationship with the security specialist Brockmann, who sings off-key love songs in the karaoke bar where she works. Fleeing their pasts, and avoiding their futures, the characters are nonetheless unable to escape the labyrinth of their emotions through the night.


Florian Schwarz , born in 1974 in Koblenz, studied Art and Design. He worked as an editor in Munich. From 1999-2004, he studied Directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. His works include: the shorts Symptoms of Doom (Phaenotypen eines Untergangs, 1999), Lucies Laughter (Lucies Lachen, 2000), Criminal Law - Easy Does It (Strafrecht leicht gemacht, 2001), and his graduation film and feature debut Let the Cat Out of the Bag (Katze im Sack, 2004).
Genre Melodrama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Florian Schwarz
Screenplay Michael Proehl
Cinematography Philipp Sichler
Florian Drechsler
Fabian Roemer
Corinna Sy
Cast Jule Böwe, Christoph Bach, Walter Kreye
Producer Alexander Bickenbach
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, in cooperation with HR/Frankfurt, ARTE
Length 87 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005 (In Competition), Berlin 2005 (Perspectives German Cinema), Moscow 2005, Lubuser Filmsommer Lagow 2005, Festival of German Cinema Ludwigshafen 2005, The Young and Cinema Koszalin 2005, International Festival of Independent Films Brussels 2005, MAX! Hong Kong 2005, Kiev 2005, High 70 Cracow 2005, Bogota 2005, Mannheim-Heidelberg 2005, Seville 2005, Goa 2005, Umea 2005, Bangkok 2005
Awards First Steps Award 2004, Screenplay Award & Best Score Saarbruecken 2005, Jantar Award Koszalin 2005, Best Actress (Jule Boewe) Brussels 2005
German Distributor Jetfilm Verleih/Berlin

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