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Seven Heavens (Sieben Himmel)

Seven Heavens
Scene from "Seven Heavens" (photo © LUXUS FILM)

Moments repeat themselves in Seven Heavens. Words resound and images reappear. Johann knows he has seen Jenny before. He can predict her movements and imagines where they will take him before he arrives there. Director Michael Busch recreates Johann’s deja-vu for audiences as he takes them through an aesthetically and intellectually intriguing puzzle that explores memory, spirituality and desire.

Johann’s a recluse who is studying the way of the Carthans and learning to free himself from the ego. Jenny’s a gothic beauty who strips for an online webcam. In the summer, the two have a love affair that will echo into their present. Come wintertime, Jenny lives at home with her parents, while Johann suffers a fever in his isolated cabin. Unable to escape the memory of their brief love, Jenny makes a fateful visit to the lake where he lives and where their passionate memories took form.

With its unsettling eeriness and haunting beauty, SEVEN HEAVENS plays out like a dark dream. It plunges into the human psyche and resonates long after the screen goes black.
(Jens Hussey, Cinequest)

Michael Busch was born in 1966. He studied Fine Arts at the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin (in the experimental film class of Heinz Emigholz). He is a founding member of the media theater group LUXUS BERLIN and also works as a film music composer, script writer, editing consultant, and instructor. His films include: Words For Windows (short, 1996), Hyperbooks (short, 1998), Virtual Vampire (1999), and Seven Heavens (Sieben Himmel, 2005).
Genre Erotic, Fantasy, Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Michael Busch
Screenplay Michael Busch
Cinematography Marcus Winterbauer
Ute Schall
Christoph Engelke
Susanne Abel, Stefan Hauck
Cast Daniela Schulz, Christoph Bach, Inga Busch, Lars Loellmann
Producer Jan Peters
Production Company LUXUS FILM/Berlin, in co-production with Abbildungszentrum/Hamburg, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Turin 2005 (In Competition), Cinequest San Jose 2006, Edinburgh 2006, Athens 2006, EMAF Osnabrueck 2006
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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