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LIFE'S NO PIECE OF CAKE (LEBEN IST NICHTS FÜR FEIGLINGE, DAS)

LIFE'S NO PIECE OF CAKE
photo © Riva Film/Georges Pauly

The life of the Färber family is completely unhinged after a bizarre accident leading to the mother’s death. While Markus clings onto the past and cannot come to terms with the loss of his wife, his fifteen-year-old daughter Kim runs away to Denmark with Alex, a cool guy who has dropped out of school, and visits the setting of her childhood. Together with his mother Gerlinde and her lively caretaker, Paula, Markus sets off to search for his daughter and so embarks on a journey of self-discovery.


André Erkau was born in Dortmund in 1968. While studying Psychology, he served as a directing intern at the Bremen Schauspielhaus. He then started acting and founded the Junge Theater in 1993 with other acting colleagues. He studied at the Hamburg Actors' Studio from 1994-1997 and then became a member of the ensemble at the Württembergische Landesbühne in Esslingen until 2001, followed by studies in Directing at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). A selection of his films includes: DER COACH (short, 2004), 37 OHNE ZWIEBELN (short, 2006), his first feature SELBSTGESPRÄCHE (2007) which won the main prize at the Max Ophüls Festival in Saarbrücken, ARSCHKALT (2011), and LIFE'S NO PIECE OF CAKE (DAS LEBEN IST NICHTS FÜR FEIGLINGE, 2012).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director André Erkau
Screenplay Gernot Gricksch
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Cast Helen Woigk, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Christine Schorn, Frederick Lau, Rosalie Thomass, Edin Hasanovic
Producer Michael Eckelt
Co-Producers Helge Sasse, Ulf Israel
Production Company Riva Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Senator Film Köln/Cologne, in cooperation with WDR, ARTE
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zurich 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Festroia 2014
Awards German Film Award 2013 (Best Supporting Actress)
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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