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Messy Christmas (Meine schoene Bescherung)

Messy Christmas
Scene from “Messy Christmas" (photo © X Verleih)

Sara is a happy woman. She loves Jan, her fourth husband, and her hodgepodge of a family which includes her three children by three men and Jan's son from his first marriage. For their Christmas celebrations, Sara has invited all their Exes, complete with new partners and assorted children. Jan is far from pleased, but before he can avert the looming disaster, everybody is already knocking on their door. The evening runs its course, with small jibes and lots of spite, with male bonding in the sauna and petty jealousies. Secrets are uncovered, misunderstandings multiply. And as the icing on the Christmas pudding, Sara announces in front of the whole company what her present for Jan will be: She is pregnant! Too bad Jan cannot be the father and even worse that Sara doesn't know that...


Vanessa Jopp , born in 1971, studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1993-1999. After shooting several films on video, she directed her first short on film, Aquavitae, in 1994. This was followed by Alpaliens (short, 1995), One Night Suicide (short, 1996) and This is a True Story About a Puker on the Roof (short, 1997). She has also made some music videos and has worked for the comedy show Wochenshow. Her films include: co-direction with six other HFF/M students on Honolulu (1999), her first feature film Forget America (Vergiss Amerika, 2000), Engel + Joe (2001), Happy as One (Komm Naeher, 2005), and Messy Christmas (Meine schoene Bescherung, 2007).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay Monica Rolfner
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Brigitta Tauchner
Loy Wesselburg
Peter Menne
Cast Martina Gedeck, Heino Ferch, Jasmin Tabatabai, Roeland Wiesnekker, Rosa Enskat, Andreas Windhuis, Ursula Doll, Matthias Matschke, Meret Becker, Rainer Sellien, Alexandra Neldel, Bjarne Mädel, Feo Aladag, Petra Kelling, Eva Löbau
Producer Manuela Stehr
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with WDR, ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma/Paris, Label Télé/Issy Les Moulineaux, in cooperation with Filmlance International/Stockholm
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Hof 2007, Sao Paulo 2008
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Best Actress)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, RBB
German Distributor X Verleih

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