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One myth of our times, IKEA, is the focal point of five different stories conceived by students at the Munich Film Academy. Under the direction of Prof. Doris Doerrie, the best material by five students was developed until suitable for screenplay. A professional team and excellent actors then helped smooth the stories' path onto the screen. The outcome is an delightful episodic film.
Midsommar-Stories is about people driven on by a wide range of dreams, problems and fears. At some point in their lives, the "furniture paradise" IKEA plays a decisive role - whether this be comical or tragic. IKEA is the scene of wild adventures, of a struggle between destructive characters, or - in another case - of new-found happiness. The result is an abundant, varied picture of human destinies.

Elena Alvarez

Michael Chauvistré was born in 1960 in Aachen. He studied History and Philosophy in Aachen and Constance and Film at the Academy for Television & Film in Munich (HFF/M). In 1988, he founded the production company Happy Endings Film and began producing and directing his own films, including: the shorts Eine zufaellige Begegnung (1989), Amore (1990), and the documentaries Mal sehen, was draus wird (1990), Die Zeit, die laeuft (1992), Wenn dich keiner sieht und keiner hoert (1993), Barbara und Fenja (1993), Klein Hundorf (1993), and Schau mich nicht so boese an (1997), Pax (1999) - a short story episode in the feature film Midsommar Stories, and To Moscow with IKEA (Mit IKEA nach Moskau, 2001).

Andi Niessner

Livia Vogt

Heike Wasem
Genre Drama

Year of Production 1999
Directors Elena Alvarez, Michael Chauvistré, Andi Niessner, Livia Vogt, Heike Wasem
Screenplay Elena Alvarez, Michael Chauvistré, Andi Niessner, Livia Vogt, Heike Wasem
Cinematography Markus Kraemer, Stefan Spreer, Christian Reitz
Christian Knobel, Tom Leonhardt
Cast Franziska Petri, Jacques Breuer, Joachim Iffland, Rudi Knaus, Matthias Buedinger, Annika Kuhl, Billie Zoeckler
Producer Mathias Allary
Production Company Allary Film/Munich, in co-production with ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Hof 1999 (opening film), Kerala 2000, Montevideo 2000, Waterville 2000, Washington 2000 (Cultural Assets)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film