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STORM (STURM)

STORM
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Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor at the tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against Goran Duric, who is accused of the deportation and killing of Bosnian-Muslim civilians in a small town in what is now the Republika Srpska. When a key witness is ensnared in the contradictions of his testimony, the court sends a delegation to Bosnia to get a definitive picture of the events on site. Doubts as to the witness' credibility are confirmed. Shortly afterwards, he commits suicide. For Hannah, the case is not yet lost. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira. Hannah senses that Mira has more to say about the de¬fendant than she is willing to admit, but she is afraid to face up to the past and endanger the future she has built up with her family in Germany after the war. Hannah finally manages to win her trust and convinces her to testify in The Hague. Shortly before the critical hearing, Duric's defense tries to have Mira's testimony disallowed and finds unexpected support from the side of the judiciary. Hannah realizes that her opponents are not only to be found at the dock, but also among her own ranks.


Hans-Christian Schmid was born in Altötting in 1965 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. He made his directorial debut in 1989 with the documentary SEKT ODER SELTERS followed by the short DAS LACHENDE GEWITTER, the documentary THE MECHANISM OF THE MIRACLE (DIE MECHANIK DES WUNDERS) and the TV film HIMMEL UND HÖLLE. His breakthrough came in 1995 with IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE (NACH FÜNF IM URWALD). His other highly-acclaimed films include: 23 (1998), CRAZY (2000), DISTANT LIGHTS (LICHTER, 2003), REQUIEM (2006), THE WONDROUS WORLD OF LAUNDRY (DIE WUNDERSAME WELT DER WASCHKRAFT, 2009), STORM (STURM, 2009), and HOME FOR THE WEEKEND (WAS BLEIBT, 2012).
Genre Thriller, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Hans-Christian Schmid
Screenplay Bernd Lange, Hans-Christian Schmid
Cinematography Bogumil Godfrejów
Hansjörg Weißbrich
The Notwist
Christian M. Goldbeck
Cast Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgard, Alexander Fehling, Tarik Filipovic, Kresimir Mikic, Steven Scharf, Bent Mejding, Kerry Fox, Jesper Christensen
Producers Britta Knöller, Hans-Christian Schmid
Production Company 23/5 Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Zentropa Entertainments/Berlin, Zentropa International/Cologne, Zentropa Entertainments5/Hvidovre, Zentropa International Netherlands/Amsterdam, IDTV Film/Amsterdam, Film I Vaest/Trollhaettan, SWR, ARTE, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English, German, Bosnian, Croation, Serbian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2009 (In Competition), Sarajevo 2009, Rio 2009, Molodist Kiev 2009, Mill Valley 2009, Camerimage Lodz 2009, Havanna 2009, Kerala 2009, Arras 2018
Awards German Film Awards 2010 (Best Film Silver, Best Editing, Best Score)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Eurimages, Danish Film Institute, Netherlands Film Fund, City of the Hague, Rotterdam Film Fund
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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