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Neandertal

Neandertal
Scene from "Neandertal" (photo © Rommel Film/Martin Valentin Menke 2006)

17-year-old Guido suffers since his early childhood from neurodermatitis. After being taken to the hospital due to a heavy attack, he starts to question his personal and familiar environment and discovers that his parents' relationship - which he assumed to be happy and sound - is built on lies. Unable to deal with this disappointment, he flees from it and moves in with his older brother and his roommates. There he gets to know the carismatic scallywag Rudi whom he admires for his independence. Inspired by Rudi, Guido learns to become more of an egoist and in fact soon his state of health improves.


Ingo Haeb was born in 1970 in Hamburg. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin. Also active as a screenwriter and actor, his films include: DERBY (short, 1999), NEANDERTAL (2006, in co-direction with Jan Christoph Glaser), SOHNEMÄNNER (2010), and THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN (2014).

Jan-Christoph Glaser was born in 1976 and studied Communication Sciences and Philology in Berlin. Primarily active as a film editor, his films as a director include the MTV series Auftrag Moabit (1998), Glasgow (short, 2000), and the features Detroit (2002) in co-direction with Carsten Ludwig, Neandertal (2006) in co-direction with Ingo Haeb, Berlin - 1st of May (Berlin - 1. Mai, 2007), and 66/67 (2009).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Directors Ingo Haeb, Jan-Christoph Glaser
Screenplay Ingo Haeb
Cinematography Ralf Mendle
Sarah J. Levine
Jakob Ilja
Oliver Koch
Cast Jacob Matschenz, Andreas Schmidt, Johanna Gastdorf, Falk Rockstroh, Tim Egloff, Luana Bellinghausen
Producer Peter Rommel
Production Company Rommel Film, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE
Length 103 min
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Hof 2006, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2007, Berin 2007 (German Cinema), Torino 2007, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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