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Silent Night (Stille Nacht)

Silent Night

Dusk is falling. It is the beginning of Christmas Eve. Julia, an art student in her late twenties, is at home by herself. She has been living together with the policeman Christian for several years. However, their relationship seems to be under threat after Julia fell in love with Frank, an attractive barman. Christian, who finds it difficult to put up with this situation, escapes for the holiday period to his parents. Julia, by herself for the first time, decides that she will end her affair with Frank this evening. Frank, on the other hand, considers Christmas Eve a good time to finally confess his love to Julia. It is against this background that Christian starts a macabre game in a night that will plumb the blackest depths of the human soul. To put Julia under emotional pressure, he feigns a bad car accident on the phone. Frank exposes his lie. Hurt to the quick, Julia does an about-turn. She wants to take revenge on Christian. While talking on the phone with him, she makes love to Frank. The three protagonists fight within their own private microcosm for pleasure and life and, over the course of one night, undertake an erotic adventure far beyond the pain threshold.

Dani Levy was born in 1957 in Basel/Switzerland. From 1977-1979, he was in the ensemble of the Basel Theater and was a member of Berlin's Rote Gruetze Theater from 1980-1983. His films include: Du mich auch (1986), RobbyKallePaul (1988), I Was On Mars (1991), Ohne Mich (1993, episode of omnibus film Neues Deutschland), Silent Night (Stille Nacht, 1996), The Giraffe (Meschugge, 1998), I'm the Father (Väter, 2002), Go for Zucker - An Unorthodox Comedy (Alles auf Zucker!, 2005), My Führer - The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler (Mein Führer, 2007), the segment Joshua in Germany 09, and Life Is Too Long (Das Leben ist zu lang, 2010).
Category Feature
Director Dani Levy
Screenplay Klaus Chatten
Cinematography Charlie Koschnick
Dani Levy
Niki Reiser
Cast Maria Schrader, Jürgen Vogel, Mark Schlichter
Producers Stefan Arndt, Dani Levy
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with Fama Film/Bern
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Toronto 95

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