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TO LIFE! (AUF DAS LEBEN!)

TO LIFE!
photo © CCC Filmkunst/Julia Terjung

Strokes of fate have taken their toll on the ageing cabaret singer Ruth and the seriously ill young Jonas. Yet despite their great age difference and their entirely opposite lifetime experiences, they form an intense bond and give each other a reason and purpose to live.

AUF DAS LEBEN!, which translates into English as TO LIFE! and into Hebrew as L'CHAIM!, the celebrated Jewish toast, is the unashamedly HAROLD-AND-MAUDE-like story of two very unlikely individuals. Starring the grande dame of German cinema, Hannelore Elsner, and Max Riemelt, one of the most acclaimed young stars of German and international films.


Uwe Janson was born in 1959. He began his film career with the short RASTLOS (1987). It was only two years later that he directed the highly-acclaimed feature film VERFOLGTE WEGE (1989), which won a German Camera Award in 1990 and a Bavarian Film Award in 1990 for Best Young Direction. A selection of his award-winning films includes: the TV movies BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS (1991), TO RUN AND TO DIE (1994), THE THERAPIST (1997), RHAPSODY IN BLOOD (1998), WHISKY SOUR (2000), DIE GEISELN VON COSTA RICA (2000), MS. CUPID (2001), VULKAN (2009), THE SINKING OF THE LACONIA (2011), and the feature film AT NIGHT IN THE PARK (2001).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Uwe Janson
Screenplay Thorsten Wettcke
Cinematography Peter Joachim Krause
Cast Hannelore Elsner, Max Riemelt, Sharon Brauner, Aylin Tezel, Andreas Schmidt, Matthieu Carrière, Catherine Flemming, Markus Maria Profitlich, Timothy Peach, Nikola Kastner, Martin Neuhaus, Matthias Bundschuh, Dagmar Sachse, Nele Rosetz, Georg Marin, Markus Gertken
Producer Alice Brauner
Co-Producer Michael Zechbauer
Production Company CCC-Filmkunst, in co-production with ZDF, MZ-Film/Munich, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 95 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal World Film Festival 2014, Haifa 2014, Sao Paulo 2014, Cleveland 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Camino Filmverleih/Stuttgart

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