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Nitschewo

Nitschewo
Ken Duken, Marie Zielke (photo © Bavaria Film International)

Plagued by guilt and longing for death, a young man finds a new will to live through a stranger's interest and sympathy. When his girlfriend is also drawn into the stranger's orbit, the delicate balance of their relationships is about to be tragically upset.

It is 1993, and the sleepy former East-German border town where Jim and Elise live has changed little since Germany's reunification. The two are in love; beyond that, they're bored. Jim, who never knew his parents, is an auto mechanic. As he races his car down the deserted roads, he dreams of the perfect death: a head-on collision while passionately kissing Elise. Instead, he accidentally runs over and kills a friend. Elise grows even more apprehensive when Jim moves in with a stranger who's rented a house in town. The man, who says he's an American named Frank, claims to be writing a script - and wants Jim to help him.

Flattered by the attention, Jim grows close to Frank, which arouses Elise's jealousy. Seeking to defuse the tension, Frank invites the young couple to the coast. There, however, the trio's increasingly complex relationship takes an unexpected turn when Jim catches Frank and Elise in a compromising situation and rushes off into the night - before being able to find out that Frank was telling her his true identity and the true purpose of his visit...


Stefan Sarazin was born in 1964 in Wuerzburg. He studied Acting in Munich and New York from 1983-1987, followed by Film Studies from 1989-1997 at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. His films include: Jean-Luc Godard und der heilige Gral (1991), Film fuer einen Vater (documentary, 1992), Passacoer (1993), Nackter Himmel (1997), and Nitschewo (2001), as well as numerous television commercials.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Stefan Sarazin
Screenplay Stefan Sarazin
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Wolfgang Weigl
Hoffmann & Schuttheiss
Andrea Douglas
Cast Ken Duken, Marie Zielke, Axel Neumann, Daniel Olbrychski
Producer Oliver Simon
Production Company K5 Media Group/Munich, in co-production with Bavaria Film, Bavaria Media
Length 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Schermi D'Amore Verona 2003, Denver 2003, Sao Paulo 2003, Seoul 2003, Tallinn Black Nights 2003
Awards Silver Rose Best Feature Verona 2003
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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