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Peanuts

Deep in debt, the unsuccessful Frankfurt building contractor Jochen Schuster decides in future to be just successful. When he is turned down once more for credit by Peter Hackmann, the head of the credit division, he decides to change his life. He leaves his old Mercedes diesel behind and takes a luxurious rental car, slithers out of his shabby rags into a made-to-measure suit, puts on a toupée and simply asks for more credit from his bank than he actually needs. And, all of a sudden, everything seems to work. He buys stylish old buildings, dilapidated German cultural assets that he wants to save from decay. Everyone can build, Schuster says to himself, but art has priority over profits. Spurred on by his success, Schuster soon imagines himself as the greatest builder of all time. But Schuster isn't content to keep things modest and gradually gets too big for his boots....it is only a question of when he will come down to earth again.


Carlo Rola , born in 1958 in Germany, began his Law Studies in Frankfurt in 1976 and earned a living working as a stuntman at the theater. Starting in 1981, he decided to focus fully on the theater and opera, and was a director’s assistant, working with, among others, Hans Neuenfels, Ruth Berghaus and Peter Stein for various productions in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin. His debut as a director was in Frankfurt in 1983 with the English language performance of A Streetcar Named Desire. Also at this time, he was the production manager of numerous feature films and TV movies. In 1994, he was an instructor for Promotional Film at the “Konrad Wolf” Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, in 1999 he was an instructor for Direction at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. Since then, he has directed over 60 national and international commercials, trailers and music videos. In 1996, he founded MOOVIE-the art of entertainment together with Oliver Berben. His is one of the most active German directors, shooting up to three films a year, mostly for television.
Category Feature
Director Carlo Rola
Screenplay Peter Zingler, Eberhard Junkersdorf
Cinematography Peter Ziesche
Friederike von Normann
Peter Wolf
Cast Traugott Buhre, Iris Berben, Ulrich Mühe, Rufus Beck, Rüdiger Vogler, Sonja Kirchberger, Marita Marschall, Thomas Bestvater
Producer Eberhard Junkersdorf
Production Company Bioskop Film/Munich, in co-production with WDR, Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board