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In August 1989, this case stirred the population of an entire city. A west African applicant for asylum had his ticket checked during a tram journey in Stuttgart and took flight. When an attempt was made to arrest Frederic Otomo a few hours later, he stabbed two policemen to death and was himself shot.

Based on a largely fictitious screenplay, the film tells the story of what might have happened that day and of how such a catastrophe could come about. The description of a situation in Germany, told in a realistic, exciting and very emotional way. The title role is played by Isaach de Bankolé (Night on Earth, Chocolat, Ghost Dog). Eva Mattes (Wildwechsel, Celeste) plays a woman hoping to help him escape.

Frieder Schlaich is a German producer, writer and director. After studying Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, his debut film HALFMOON, based on writings by Paul Bowles, received numerous awards and international critical acclaim. His subsequent film OTOMO, based on the true story of an African immigrant in Stuttgart, won Best Film at Bergano and the Diversity in Spirit Award at Vancouver in 2000. Since then he has produced films by such diverse artists as Christoph Schlingensief (THE AFRICAN TWIN TOWERS, with Patti Smith, among others) and Werner Schroeter (international co-production NUIT DE CHIEN), Heinz Emigholz (GOFF IN THE DESERT, PARABETON), Irene von Alberti (STADT ALS BEUTE, TANGERINE), Cynthia Beatt (THE INVISIBLE FRAME, starring Tilda Swinton), Elfi Mikesch (MONDO LUX) and Omer Fast (CONTINUITY), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Frieder Schlaich
Screenplay Klaus Pohl, Frieder Schlaich
Cinematography Volker Tittel
Magdolna Rokob
Cast Barnaby Metschurat, Eva Mattes, Isaach de Bankolé, Hanno Friedrich
Producers Irene von Alberti, Thomas Lechner
Production Company Filmgalerie 451
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 99, Rotterdam 2000 (in competition), Gothenburg 2000, Brussels 2000 (in competition), Berlin 2000 (German Films)
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Kirchlicher Entwicklungsdienst der EKD
German Distributor MFA Film, Munich

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