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RUNAWAY HORSE (FLIEHENDES PFERD, EIN)

RUNAWAY HORSE
photo courtesy of Tele Muenchen Gruppe

Helmut and Sabine Halm have always managed vacations of lazy privacy at their favorite retreat on Germany's Lake Constance. So when the energetic, handsome Klaus Buch turns up with his beautiful girlfriend Helene, Helmut is quite ready to dismiss this dimly familiar acquaintance. But Klaus is overjoyed to recognize his old schoolmate Helmut, eager to recall every incident of their shared time, and to display every detail of this successful lifestyle as a fit sportsman and author. The precious days of privacy give way to an unwanted and awkward intimacy, as the Buchs and the Halms hike, dine and sail together. Their joint activities aggravate myriad psychological tensions among the four characters, which are all the more intensely ironic for their peaceful veneer and which must eventually erupt.


Rainer Kaufmann was born in Frankfurt in 1959 and graduated from the Academy of Television & Film in Munich in 1990. During his studies he made several award-winning shorts, including The Most Beautiful Breasts in the World (Der schoenste Busen der Welt, 1990). His first feature-length TV film, Dann eben mit Gewalt (1992), won numerous European awards. A selection of his other films includes: Einer meiner aeltesten Freunde (TV, 1993), Der Unschuldsengel (TV, 1994), Talk of the Town (Stadtgespraech, 1995), Greenhorn (TV, 1995), The Pharmacist (Die Apothekerin, 1997), Long Hello and Short Goodbye (1998), Cold is the Evening Breeze (Kalt ist der Abendhauch, 1999), Ausflug (2001), Und die Braut wusste von nichts (TV, 2002), Queen of Cherries (Die Kirschenkoenigin, 2004), Maria\'s Last Journey (Maria\'s letzte Reise, TV, 2005), and Runaway Horse (Ein fliehendes Pferd, 2007).
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Rainer Kaufmann
Screenplay Kathrin Richter, Ralf Hertwig
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Christel Suckow
Annette Focks
Renate Schmaderer
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Katja Riemann, Ulrich Noethen, Petra Schmidt-Schaller
Producer Rikolt von Gagern
Production Company Gate Film/Munich, in co-production with Clasart Film/Munich, ZDF
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Göteborg 2008, Shanghai 2008, Montreal 2008
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Best Upcoming Actress: Petra Schmidt-Schaller)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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