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He has a wonderful family he barely ever sees anymore. He has a great job. He has a lovely home. Then … Bummm! – he gets fired! Art is his wife’s passion and her profession. Is she really honest to her man? And who are the new neighbors? His kids have their own attitudes to life. He treats them all as if they were his employees until the situation gets out of hand for all of them. Bummm! His son Linus blows up the neighbor’s sculpture and sets fire to the house. Bummm! His wife moves to her friend Claudia for the time being. Every end leads to a new beginning and everything stays in motion all the time.

Alain Gsponer was born in 1976 in Zurich/Switzerland. He studied Audiovisual Design at the School for Design in Bern and Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. A selection of his films includes: HEIDI (short, 1998), X FÜR U (short, 2000), HINTER DEM BERG (short, 2001), his graduation film KIKI & TIGER (2002), ROSE (2005), LIFE ACTUALLY (2006), MY WORDS, MY LIES - MY LOVE (2009), GRÜNINGERS FALL (2011), and THE LITTLE GHOST (2013).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Alain Gsponer
Screenplay Alexander Buresch, Matthias Pacht
Cinematography Matthias Fleischer
Melanie Werwie
Marius Felix Lange
Renate Schmaderer
Cast Hannah Herzsprung, Josef Mattes, Katja Riemann, Ulrich Noethen
Producers Andreas Bareiss, Gloria Burkert, Andi Huber, David Groenewold, Bernd Burgemeister, Peter Reichenbach
Production Companies BurkertBareiss Development/Munich, TV60 Film/Munich, in co-production with C-Films/Zurich, German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, SWR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SRF/Zurich
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Hof 2006, Goeteborg 2007
Awards German Film Award 2007 (Best Supporting Actress Hannah Herzsprung), German Film Critics' Award 2007 (Best Screenplay)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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