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POLICE OFFICER'S WIFE, THE (FRAU DES POLIZISTEN, DIE)

POLICE OFFICER'S WIFE, THE
photo © Philip Gröning Filmproduktion

A simple film. A man, a woman, a child. A small town. The square apartment. Perfect Sundays. The story of a young family. The ceaseless labor of love out of which emerges what is later called the soul of a person. Creating the cradle of love that nurtures the child’s evolving soul. Affection and distance. The father’s career at the local police department. And the mother solely devoted to caring for the child. The violence between husband and wife. We watch as this woman sinks. And how she does everything she can to save this child’s soul, to keep it intact, to let it grow. To teach the child love. THE POLICE OFFICER’S WIFE is a film about the virtue of love, the virtue of curiosity, the virtue of joy. And about the darkness within us.


Philip Gröning was born in 1959 in Düsseldorf. Also active as a screenwriter and producer, his award-winning films include: SUMMER (1986), THE TERRORISTS (1992), VICTIMS. WITNESSES (doc, 1993), LOVE, MONEY, LOVE (2000), INTO GREAT SILENCE (doc, 2005), THE POLICE OFFICER’S WIFE (2013), and MY BROTHER'S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Philip Gröning
Screenplay Philip Gröning, Carola Diekmann
Cinematography Philip Gröning
Cast Alexandra Finder, David Zimmerschied, Chiara Kleemann, Pia Kleemann, Horst Rehberg, Lars Rudolph, Katharina Susewind
Producers Philip Gröning, Matthias Esche, Jan S. Kaiser, Philipp Kreuzer, Werner Wirsing
Production Company Philip Gröning Filmproduktion/Düsseldorf, in co-production with Bavaria Pictures/Geiselgasteig, 3L Filmproduktion/Dortmund, Bayerischer Rundfunk, in cooperation with ZDF, ARTE
Length 173 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85, 1:2
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Venice 2013 (In Competition), Toronto 2013, BFI London 2013, Black Nights Tallinn 2013, Hong Kong 2014, Sofia 2014, Istanbul 2014, Cambridge 2014, Haifa 2014, SANFIC 2014, New Horizons Wroclaw 2015
Awards Special Jury Prize Venice 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM

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