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Mind the Gap (Verrueckt bleiben, verliebt bleiben)

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap is a documentary about Torsten Riccardo Engelholz, 30 years of age, "mentally handicapped", who was kept locked in a dark room by his parents for a great part of his childhood. He was later put into psychiatric care. Torsten Ricardo is a manic Underground rider and spends all his spare-time riding the tube. He is also a passionate and talented painter and an actor in a professional theatre group. He has the desire to move in a constant flow of perception. This (cinematically very productive) passion and his great interest in German and Berlin history enable the viewer to get an intensive insight into Torsten Ricardo's view on the world, which constantly moves between so-called "normality" and his exceptional condition. The film explores the universe of a very special person in a very sensual way and deals with subjects that are essential. Torsten Riccardo holds up a mirror to us.


Elfi Mikesch who was born in Austria in 1940, has been living in Berlin since 1965. She works as a photographer, camerawoman and director and has worked, among others, with Rosa von Praunheim, Werner Schroeter and Monika Treut. Together, she and Treut founded the film production company Hyaene Films. Her films as director include: Ich denke oft an Hawaii (1978), Was soll'n wir denn machen ohne den Tod (1980), Verfuehrung: die grausame Frau (1985), Mind The Gap (Verrueckt bleiben, verliebt bleiben, 1996) and The Markus Family (2000).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1997
Director Elfi Mikesch
Screenplay Elfi Mikesch
Cinematography Elfi Mikesch
Heide Breitel
Laszlo Waszlavik, Ronald Steckel
Cast Torsten Ricardo Engelholz
Producer Annedore von Donop
Production Company Mediopolis/Berlin, in cooperation with WDR
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Berlin 1997 (Panorama), Munich 1997 (Documentary Festival), Emden 1997
With backing from BKM
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien/Berlin

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