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Swinger Club

Swinger Club
Ensemble from "Swinger Club" (photo © Justin Winz/www.justinwinz.com)

For their fifth wedding anniversary, Albert and Birgit have a party for their best friends in their house in the countryside. But the party becomes a very dangerous event. Unknown involvements arise and lead to the destruction of friendships. Birgit slept with Albert’s best friend, but Albert doesn’t know about it, yet. He only noticed her coming home very late and freshly showered. Suspicious, his main reason for inviting his friends is: Do I have the right to know what happened with my wife that night? Birgit doesn’t want to tell him because she only spent the night with another man to give their boring marriage a new impulse. And it worked well. She is pregnant. What she doesn’t know is that this friend fell terribly in love with her and had decided to “free” her from Albert. Albert behaves like a judge until it surfaces that the woman of the other couple is pregnant – but not from her husband. Albert seems to be the father.

A year and a half later they meet again at Dagmar’s wedding. She marries a Russian guy, a friend of her ex-husband, so that he can stay in Germany. The friends’ involvements have continued. The new guests are completely overwhelmed, and the bride and bridegroom don’t seem to be in love. The bridesmaid looks as if she were at a funeral, only a few guests come after the ceremony in the church, and a baby is passed around that seems to belong to no one. The group tries to stay intact, but finally Birgit announces that she wants to leave her husband and her friends to go to Baghdad as a journalist. The plane leaves in two hours...

Swinger Club is a comedy about the question whether there is any chance for a loyal relationship in modern German society.


Jan Georg Schuette was born in 1962 in Oldenburg. After training as an actor, he was a member of the ensemble in theaters in Duesseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg (Thalia Theater), among others. Swinger Club (2006) - a 92 minute film shot in 5 1/2 hours - marks his directorial debut.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Jan Georg Schuette
Screenplay Jan Georg Schuette
Cinematography Manuel Mack, Hi Khan Truong, Thorsten Berndt
Jan Georg Schuette, Nina Schley
Helge Dube, Christian Dabeler
Jan Georg Schuette
Cast Marie Bäumer, Oliver Sauer, Stephan Schad, Ole Schlosshauer, Jurij Schrader, Anne Weber
Producer Jan Georg Schuette
Length 92 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Zurich 2006, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2006, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2007
Awards Special Jury Prize Ludwigshafen 2006
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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