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No Regrets (Nichts Bereuen)

No Regrets
Daniel Bruehl, Jessica Schwarz (photo © ottfilm)

Daniel is 19-years-old and finally has his high school days behind him. After a wonderful summer vacation, he is back in town and ready for life to start happening.

Things start out alright, but all his shots seem to backfire. His father organized a boring community service job for him at the church, and his reunion with the love of his life, Luca, was a disaster. Luca is fascinating, breathtaking, exciting, and ... way out of his league! But virgin Daniel has chosen her as his partner for his first sexual encounter. Although he made the decision four years ago, Luca still knows nothing about it. She just sees Daniel as a good friend. But things can't go on like this, so Daniel decides to change his life dramatically. He changes jobs, an act he considers much easier than changing the love of his life. Or maybe not. He then meets Anna, a social worker, and for the first time he realizes that there are indeed alternatives to Luca. And all of the following small and not-so-small catastrophes help him to realize that life is what happens between it all. And that is why there is nothing to regret.


Benjamin Quabeck studied Directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. In addition to directing, he also works freelance as a film editor. His films include the prize-winning shorts: Wind (1996), Weird Wire (1996), Die Wenigsten wissen das (1997), Hoehlenangst (1998), Ertraenkte Angst (1998), Grafenzeit (1998), 4000 Teile (1999), his graduation film and feature film debut No Regrets (Nichts Bereuen, 2000), an episode of Europe - 99euro-films 2 (2003), and Play it Loud! (Verschwende Deine Jugend, 2003).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Benjamin Quabeck
Screenplay Hendrik Hölzemann
Cinematography David Schultz
Tobias Haas
Lee Buddah
Miriam Moeller, Markus Wollersheim
Cast Daniel Brühl, Jessica Schwarz, Denis Moschitto, Marie-Lou Sellem, Josef Heynert, Sonja Rogusch
Producers Stephanie Wagner, Michael Schaefer
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, in cooperation with WDR, ARRI Media
Length 103 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Munich 2001, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Giffoni 2002
Awards Hypo Bank Young Director's Award 2001, Best First Feature Society of German Film Critics 2002, German Film Award 2002 for Best Leading Actor
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Filmbuero NW