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SNIPERS VALLEY (MÖRDERISCHER FRIEDEN)

SNIPERS VALLEY
photo © BlueScreen Film/Kaleidoskop Film

Matlentan/Kosovo, just before the end of the war in 1999. It used to be that victims were the Albanians and offenders the Serbs; but now it is the other way around. Two young German soldiers, Tom and Charly are in an almost hopeless KFOR mission. They are supposed to keep peace. As a sniper strikes Matlentan, Charly is injured during his attempt to rescue the young beautiful Serbian Mirjana. Tom rushes after the killer, firmly resolved to shoot him, but finds himself facing a half-grown Albanian child, Durcan, holding a sharpshooter’s rifle in his hand.

Soon Durcan’s motive becomes clear: Mirjana’s father, Dr. Jovovic, was partly responsible for the Serbian massacre and also has Durcan's family on his conscience. Above all, the Albanian military commander Enver wants his revenge on the Jovovic's. With Mirjana’s help, Tom successfully wins the trust of traumatized Durcan. Tom and Mirjana fall in love, which puts the friendship with Charly to a difficult test. Durcan escapes and once again becomes involved with Enver. Mirjana is now confronted with a shocking truth: Enver has long decided to have her killed – and has commanded Durcan to execute the sentence.


Rudolf Schweiger was born in 1963 in Munich. While studying Theater, Arts and Psychology he worked as a lector for the Munich-based public broadcaster BR. Afterwards he wrote and directed various TV shows like Versteckte Kamera and Notruf. In 1999 he founded Kaleidoskop Film & Fernsehproduktion, for which he produced and directed a number of documentaries including Die weisse Rose (2003) and Verdun - Auf den Spuren einer Schlacht (2006), as well as award-winning short films like Snipers Alley (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Award, Ostfriesischer Kurzfilmpreis, among others) and Haltet sie auf!. Snipers Valley (Moerderischer Frieden, 2007) marks his feature debut.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Rudolf Schweiger
Screenplay Rudolf Schweiger, Jan Luethje
Cinematography Gerald Schank
Norbert Herzner
Hugo Sziegmet, Robert Papst
Michael Koening
Cast Peter Bongartz, Anatole Taubman, Susanne Bormann, Max Riemelt, Adrian Topol
Producer Michael Roehrig
Production Company BlueScreen Film/Munich, in co-production with Kaleidoskop Film/Gruenwald, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR, ARTE
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German, Serbian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Movienet Film/Munich

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