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LIFE IS TOO LONG (LEBEN IST ZU LANG, DAS)

LIFE IS TOO LONG
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No crisis is as disastrous, overwhelming and unfair as Alfi Seliger's. The Jewish filmmaker, hypochondriac and family man has a whole slew of troubles: his pubescent children, Romy and Alain, think he's a ridiculous loser, while his wife, Helena, thinks they're being generous. Not only that, his bank is going under and his new film project is being panned. Alfi is getting deeper and deeper into a web of intrigue and conspiracy. Natasha, the gambling-addict wife of a big producer, is after him, and so is onetime German world star Georg Maria Stahl. Friends are turning into enemies, hope into paranoia, and when even his psychiatrist advises him to end his miserable life, Alfi tries to kill himself, in a very theatrical gesture.

But as befits a born “nebbish”, a loveable loser, even his suicide fails – he survives and wakes up to his old life – but is it really the same?

Unexpectedly, his life takes a turn for the better, and soon, one tempting offer chases the next, long-held dreams suddenly come true – but is it all for real? Alfi struggles with his destiny, and when he confronts it, his bravest ploy begins.


Dani Levy was born in 1957 in Basel/Switzerland. From 1977-1979, he was in the ensemble of the Basel Theater and was a member of Berlin's Rote Gruetze Theater from 1980-1983. His films include: Du mich auch (1986), RobbyKallePaul (1988), I Was On Mars (1991), Ohne Mich (1993, episode of omnibus film Neues Deutschland), Silent Night (Stille Nacht, 1996), The Giraffe (Meschugge, 1998), I'm the Father (Väter, 2002), Go for Zucker - An Unorthodox Comedy (Alles auf Zucker!, 2005), My Führer - The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler (Mein Führer, 2007), the segment Joshua in Germany 09, and Life Is Too Long (Das Leben ist zu lang, 2010).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Dani Levy
Screenplay Dani Levy
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Elena Bromund
Niki Reiser
Christian Eisele
Cast Hans Hollmann, Udo Kier, Elke Sommer, Yvonne Catterfeld, Heino Ferch, Steffen Groth, Justus von Dohnányi, Kurt Krömer, Veronica Ferres, Meret Becker, Markus Hering, Gottfried John
Producer Manuela Stehr
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany
Length 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor X Verleih

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