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Suenderin, Die

Suenderin, Die
Sherry Hormann

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2002

Her fate was sealed years ago. Now it's caught up with her!

As Cora Bender prepares for a swimming trip with her husband and young son, she's really planning her own death by drowning. But her planned "accident" is interrupted when she is called back to shore by her child, who is hungry.

She peels him an apple and is then further disturbed by a couple who have started necking. Cora stands up, walks over to them and stabs the man repeatedly in the throat, killing him.

At first, the police, in the form of Detective Rudolph Grovian, are interested only in the facts but run up against a wall of silence and forgotten motives. But as Cora's memory returns, she begins to remember the person who sealed her fate, her sister Magdalena.

As Cora's obsessions and her repressed past overwhelm her, it is Grovian who also finds himself forced to stand on the edge of the abyss, looking into the bottomless depths below.

Die Suenderin (the title translates "The Sinner") is the latest film from German-American Sherry Hormann, and tells the story of a journey into the unknown, into the very secrets of the human soul.

"The figures are bound within a dramatic corset," says Hormann. "I want to show breaks and feelings beyond the normal. The spectator should not be able to work out what awaits him or her. There is no more intelligent way to be entertained."

In fact, Hager Moss Film's first-ever feature was Hormann's Silent Shadows (Leise Schatten, 1992) which was awarded the Bavarian Film Award and won three German Film Awards. Their next collaboration, Women Are Simply Wonderful (Frauen sind was Wunderbares, 1993) won the Bavarian Film Award for newcomer producers. Hormann's other films with Hager Moss include the features Doubting Thomas (Irren ist maennlich, 1995) and Widows (Erst die Ehe, dann das Vergnuegen, 1997). She is also the director of the feature drama, Private Lies (2000).

Hager Moss Film also produces commercials. The two-track approach pays rich dividends, as Eric Moss explains: "Directors working in advertising have moved over into features and, at the same time, we have worked with film directors on commercials because this gives them a chance to try out new things and work with more precision. It's very good training and pays the rent!"
Genre Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Sherry Hormann
Screenplay Bernd Schwamm, Kit Hopkins
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Eva Schnare
Producers Kirsten Hager, Eric Moss
Production Company Hager Moss Film/Munich
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates Hamburg from September to October 2002
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein