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Traffic Affairs (Mitfahrer)

Traffic Affairs
Ivan Shvedoff, Ulrich Matthes (photo © Uwe Nusser)

Three cars. Three stories. A trip to Berlin. One summery Friday evening Peter picks up his two passengers, Carolin and Hilal, at the car-sharing agency. Peter is a swimwear sales representative, traveling from city to city. He likes to travel with other people on his long car journeys to make them less boring. At the same time, on a car park in Kassel, Sylvester and Fabian get into Katharina's car. Fabian wants to get away from provincial life for a weekend to go clubbing - looking for his first great love. At a service station a few kilometers further away Loubelle and her daughter Rosa have stopped. As a principle, Loubelle never stops for hitchhikers, but today is different...

Traffic Affairs links the fate of people meeting for the first and probably also the only time in their lives. Happy-sad glimpses of brief encounters in confined spaces that tell stories of real life.


Nicolai Albrecht was born in 1970 in Munich. He studied Music and Philosophy in Munich and Berlin, followed by studies at the German Academy of Film & Television (dffb) from 1994-2004. During his studies, he worked freelance on various film and television productions as an assistant director, director of photography, editor and producer. He also composes for short films, performs with various bands and contributes to the film magazine Revolver. A selection of his films includes: Please Listen (Krieg der Lauscher, 1995), Who Wants Yesterday's Loves (Lieber gestern als heute, 1996), Caecilia (1998), Raabe! (1998), To Be Used Before (Mindestens haltbar bis, 1998), Respect (Respekt, 2001), and Traffic Affairs (Mitfahrer, 2004), among others.
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Nicolai Albrecht
Screenplay Dagmar Gabler, Khyana el Bitar, Robert Loehr
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Bernd Euscher
Christian Conrad
Dunja Osiander
Cast Ulrich Matthes, Ingrid Sattes, Jana Thies, Michael Wiesner, Ivan Shvedoff, Marie-Terese Katt
Producer Michaela von Unger
Production Company Opal Film/Berlin, in co-production with WDR, ARTE
Length 89 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2004 (Perspectives German Cinema), FilmKunstFest Schwerin 2004, Cinema Jove Valencia, Raindance London 2004, Belgrade 2004, Cairo 2004, Mainz 2004, Aubagne 2004
Awards Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award 2004, Jury AwardI Aubagne 2004
With backing from BKM

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