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MANILA (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

Manila, International Airport. The flight to Germany is delayed. The passengers, animated by their travel experiences, begin exchanging stories. But everything they have encountered far from home is nothing compared to what their stories unleash. During the course of the night, the restaurant becomes a theater, in the bathroom secrets are revealed and the waiting-area transforms into an opera hall featuring "The Choir of the Prisoners of Manila".

Romuald Karmakar was born in 1965. He has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1985 and shot a series of short films and documentaries. In 1995 he directed his first fiction feature film The Deathmaker (Der Totmacher), which received numerous awards, among them the Silver Lion in Venice for Best Actor, three German Film Awards in Gold in 1996, and was the German entry for the OSCAR for Best Foreign Language Film in 1997. His other films include: Eine Freundschaft in Deutschland (1985), Coup de Boule (1987), Gallodrome (1988), Dogs of Velvet and Steel (Hunde aus Samt und Stahl, 1989), Demontage IX, Unternehmen Stahlglocke (1991), Warheads (1989-1992), The Tyrant of Torino (Der Tyrann von Turin, 1994), Infight (1994), Frankfurt Millennium (Das Frankfurter Kreuz, 1997), Manila (2000) - which won the Silver Leopard at Locarno in 2000, The Himmler Project (2000), 196 BPM (2002), Nightsongs (Die Nacht singt ihre Lieder, 2003), based on the drama by Jon Fosse, and Land of Annihilation (Land der Vernichtung, documentary, 2003).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Romuald Karmakar
Screenplay Romuald Karmakar, Bodo Kirchhoff
Cinematography Fred Schuler (A.S.C.)
Peter Przygodda
Cast Jochen Nickel, Elizabeth McGovern, Manfred Zapatka, Jürgen Vogel, Martin Semmelrogge, Peter Ruehring, Ces Quesada, Sky du Mont, Nina Heimlich, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Michael Degen, Margit Carstensen, Ana Capri, Eddi Arent
Production Company Pantera Film/Berlin, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Cobra Film/Munich
Length 113 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Intertitled Versions English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Locarno 2000 (in competition), Toronto 2000, Gothenburg 2000, Rotterdam 2001, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2008 (Retrospective), Plus Cameraimage 2011
Awards Silver Leopard Locarno 2000
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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