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Searching For Life (Suche nach Leben)

Searching For Life

Hans Eppendorfer begins his daily walk through St. Pauli at 6 o'clock today. The dirt of the night is still sticking to the steaming concrete of this mile of lust and despair. Eppendorfer's gait is heavy, but upright; every step is a step of truth, and in this knowledge, he opens the door to his world of the past. With the opening of each door, we enter a story from Hans Eppendorfer's life. To the court-room where he was charged with murder as a sixteen year-old, to Egypt where a 15 year-old street boy brought him to the "key of life". Eppendorfer's stories come alive through his vivid narration and the rendering of these stories in staged re-enactments.

Peter Kern was born in 1949 in Vienna and was a singer in the famous Vienna Boys Choir. He began working with Fassbinder in 1973 and won a German Film Award in 1978 for his performances in Hitler - Ein Film aus Deutschland and Flammende Herzen. He appeared as an actor in numerous films, including Werner Schroeter's Malina and Monika Treut's Let's Talk About Sex. A selection of his films as as director includes: Die Bootsmaenner von Pagsanjan and Die Wasserlilie blueht nicht mehr (both in co-direction with Karsten Peters, 1980), Crazy Boys (Eine Handvoll Vergnuegen, 1989), Hab ich nur Deine Liebe (1989), Solange ich fliehen kann noch, da schuetze ich mich (1990), Sex, Lear und Schroeter (1990), Street Kid (Gossenkind, 1991), Ein fetter Film (1992), Truth and Dare - Ishmael Bernal (1993), Einer flog uebers Arbeitsamt (TV, 1993), Domenica (1993), Schmetterling im Dunkeln (1995), Der Langsame Tod des... (1996), Kiss, Cuddle and Celebrate (Knutschen, Kuscheln, Jubilieren, 1998), Searching For Life (Suche nach Leben, 1998), Fifty-Fifty (2000), Hamlet - This Is Your Family (2001), and 1. April 2021 (2002), among others.
Category Docu-Fiction
Director Peter Kern
Screenplay Peter Kern
Cinematography Sven Kierst
Jean Christoph Burger
Hamid Baroudi, City No Mad
Cast Josef Bierbichler, Evelyn Kuenneke, Andréa Ferreol, Hans Eppendorfer, Laura Simon
Producers Peter Kern, Joao Pedrosa
Production Company Alma Film/Hamminkeln, in co-production with Mira Filmproduktion
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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