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MERCY (GNADE)

MERCY
photo © Schwarzweiss Filmproduktion

Polar night at the edge of the Arctic Sea – for two months the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon. In a magical twilight, amidst snow and ice, a family of German expatriates hopes for a new beginning: Niels, Maria and son Markus. But soon after they arrive, Niels and Maria sense that their new surroundings will not be able to save their withering relationship. Niels throws himself into his work as an engineer – and into an affair. Maria does overtime at the hospice, and Markus struggles with puberty and his new fellow students. But then one night a terrible accident occurs that changes everything. The coldness in their hearts subsides and, miraculously, the tragedy becomes a turning point for all three family members: the secret shared by Maria and Niels forces them to confront their lives – and leads them on the path towards redemption and mercy.


Matthias Glasner was born in 1965. In 1993, he founded Jack Film & Music Productions with Bernd Medek and directed and produced DIE MEDIOCREN in 1995. He then founded Schwarzweiss Film Productions with Jürgen Vogel for future projects. His films as a director include: SEXY SADIE (1996), FANDANGO (1999), THE FREE WILL (DER FREIE WILLE, 2005), THIS IS LOVE (2008), and MERCY (GNADE, 2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Matthias Glasner
Screenplay Kim Fupz Aakeson
Cinematography Jakub Bejnarowicz
Cast Jürgen Vogel, Birgit Minichmayr, Henry Stange, Ane Dahl Torp, Maria Bock, Iren Reppen
Producers Matthias Glasner, Kristine Knudsen, Andreas Born
Co-Producer Aage Aaberge
Production Companies Schwarzweiss Filmproduktion/Berlin, Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur/Berlin, ophir film/Berlin, in co-production with Neofilm/Oslo
Length 132 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German, Norwegian, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2012 (In Competition), CPH:PIX 2012, Melbourne 2012, Hamptons 2012, Sao Paulo 2012, Seattle 2013
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2012 (Best Cinematography)
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Norwegian Film Institute
German Distributor Alamode Film

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