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SCHMITKE

SCHMITKE
photo © Cristian Pirjol

Julius Schmitke is a 57-year-old German wind turbine engineer. He feels ill and his body creaks, crunches and groans with age. One day, he is sent somewhere to the Czech side of the Ore Mountains to fix one of his old models, a C 174 turbine that, mysteriously, will not stop creaking and squeaking, just like his own body does. But this is not the only mystery that awaits him. His colleague disappears, strange things happen, and Schmitke starts to “feel” the spirit of the forest around him. The more he wanders around the harsh and misty mountains, the more it surprises him that this entire expedition into the ominous and unknown jungle seems to be a return to old, familiar places within himself.


Stepán Altrichter was born in 1981 in Brno/Czech Republic and grew up in Prague and southern Germany. From 2002-2005 he studied Philosophy and Psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin and took on editing jobs and internships on film sets. In 2005 in enrolled in the Directing program at the Filmarche and was accepted to the Directing class at the FAMU Prague and the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. His films include: the shorts LAUSCH (2005), STRANGE NEWS (2006), DAVID (doc, 2007), BOB, FISH AND DOG (doc, 2007), TUNING MAN (doc, 2009), DID MICHAEL KNIGHT END THE COLD WAR? (2009), ALYENA - LITTLE MISS NEUKÖLLN (doc, 2011), DUYGU (doc, 2012), and his feature debut and graduation film SCHMITKE (2014).
Genre Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Stepán Altrichter
Screenplay Stepán Altrichter, Tomás Koncinsky, Jan Fusek
Cinematography Cristian Pirjol
Cast Peter Kurth, Johann Jürgens, Petr Vrsek, Helena Dvoráková, Lana Cooper, Stephan Grossmann, Johana Schmidtmajerová, Jakub Zácek
Producers Susann Schimk, Jörg Trentmann, Tomás Vach
Co-Producers Radim Procházka, Marc Oliver Dreher
Production Company credo:film/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Produkce Radim Procházka/Prague, MAMOKO Entertainment
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German, Czech
Subtitled Versions English, Czech
Festivals Busan 2014, Cambridge 2015
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, The Czech Cinematography Fund, Karlovy Vary Regional Funds for Culture and Tourism

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