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Platinum

Platinum
Scene from "Platinum" (photo © David Gur)

Set in the astonishing wilderness of South Africa, this film is an adventurous race for the biggest price of all - Platinum.

In the late 1890s, Hans Merensky, having a sixth sense for hidden mineral resources, seeks his fortune in the South African gold mining business, and falls in love with the beautiful but impoverished young noblewoman Rosa von Zuelow. For financial reasons however, Rosa decides to marry the much older, but powerful and wealthy geologist van Tonderen.

In a great effort, Hans, along with his expedition team, tries to locate a gold deposit but his stepbrother Albrecht wants to defeat him by every means possible. In a spectacular race , both gangs try to make it to the deposit first. Albrecht triumphs and Hans ends up bankrupt.

But Hans is not about to give up and once again takes up the fight against nature and hardened competitors. A strange sample of soil turns out to be platinum – a sensation that nobody ever expected to find in South Africa. The duel between Albrecht and Hans reaches it’s climax – and this time Hans triumphs over his rival. But this last fight could only be won with the support of real friends and true love: During the showdown, Rosa is accidentally wounded and dying while Hans, vanishing in a plane over the horizon, has not yet realized that she sacrificed herself to save his life.

Platinum is based on the biography of Hans Merensky, who donated his fortune to make the way free for a sustainable development in South Africa, as a background for this overwhelming drama of human efforts and sufferings as well as the eternal quest for love, freedom and fulfillment. A classical tale of friendship and spirited determination, which, in the end, created the wealth of a whole nation.


Martin Enlen was born in Frankfurt in 1960 and worked on independent film productions until 1986. He studied in the film and TV drama department of Munich's Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) from 1986-1992 and made six shorts during this time: Fruehjahrsputz (1987), Der letzte Tanz (1989), Fuer immer (1990), A Little Place in Heaven (1990), Pinwand (1990), and the Academy Award-nominated Aus gutem Grund (1991). He has lectured in Directing at the HFF/M and made the miniseries Schicksal der Woche (1993), Toedliche Hochzeit (TV, 1994) , Roula (1995), Blindes Vertrauen (TV, 1996), and Platinum (TV, 2004), among others.
Genre Adventure, Drama, Love Story

Year of Production 2004
Director Martin Enlen
Screenplay Wolfgang Stauch
Cinematography Philipp Timme
Monika Abspacher
Derek Mansvelt
Cast Tim Bergmann, Nathalie Boltt, Hans-Werner Meyer, Katja Studt, Rainer Will, Simo Magwaza
Producers Markus Gruber, Roland Willaert, Philo Pieterse
Production Company D & D Film & Fernsehproduktion/Huerth, in co-production with WDR, SWR, Degeto Film, Philo Films/Johannesburg
Length 142 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Emden 2005, Damascus 2005
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, The Industrial Development of South Africa

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