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Netto

Netto
Scene from "Netto" (photo courtesy of Stardust Filmverleih GmbH)

After years of separation, 15-year-old Sebastian suddenly appears on his father Marcel's doorstep. Sebastian's pregnant mother wants him to live with her and her West German boyfriend in a pleasant but dull Berlin suburb. Decidedly averse to the idea, Sebastian has come to seek refuge in his father's dilapidated apartment in Prenzlauer Berg. However, Sebastian's father - an unemployed country music fan - has quite enough problems of his own. After things went belly up in the electrical business and he was forced to close shop, he has been trying to find work in the security trade - without a shred of success so far. Sebastian soon realizes that what his father lacks is the right marketing strategy. Immediately, he sets about coaching his dad for the next interview. Nevertheless, the stubborn Marcel begins to take his son's precocious advice on board, and before long, the two indeed develop something of a comradely partnership. However, the special relationship between father and son is put to the test when Sebastian introduces his father to a beautiful girl named Nora...


Robert Thalheim was born in Berlin in 1974. After his schooling in the USA and Germany, he worked as an assistant director for the Berlin Ensemble theater and studied at the Free University Berlin and the "Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television. He is the publisher of the cultural periodical Plotzki and has written a book about Andrzej Wajda. Also a theater writer and director, his films include: UM VIER UHR PLÖTZLICH GING DIE WELT UNTER (documentary, 1996), ZEIT IST LEBEN (short, 2000), GRANICA (short, 2002), THREE PERCENT (short, 2002), ICH (short, 2003), NETTO (2004), AND ALONG COME TOURISTS (AM ENDE KOMMEN TOURISTEN, 2007), and WESTWIND (2011).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Robert Thalheim
Screenplay Robert Thalheim
Cinematography Yoliswa Gaertig
Stefan Kobe
Peter Tschernig
Michal Galinski
Cast Milan Peschel, Sebastian Butz, Stephanie C. Koetz
Producer Matthias Miegel
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005, Berlin 2005 (Perspectives German Cinema), Moscow 2005, Sehsuechte Potsdam 2005, Schwerin 2005, Copenhagen 2005, exground Wiesbaden 2005, Festival des deutschen Films Mannheim 2005, Kiev 2005
Awards Promotion Award Saarbruecken 2005, Prix Dialogue en Perspective Berlin 2005, DEFA Promotion Award Schwerin 2005, Filmkunstpreis Mannheim 2005, German Film Critics Award 2005 (Best Debut Film)
German Distributor Stardust Filmverleih/Munich

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