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Trouville Beach (Strand von Trouville, Der)

Trouville Beach

Lukas is in his mid-twenties and looking for the real thing. He meets the woman of his dreams and then loses her telephone number. All he knows is that she's called Nathalie, is always traveling around as a DJ, and bought a book in a shopping mall at the other end of the country. Lukas follows the trail and ends up in an enormous shopping mall. He makes the acquaintance of a girl working at a cheese shop and her strange one-armed brother. They both live in the middle-class housing estate nearby. Lukas finds out that Nathalie also lives here, but is on the road at the moment. While Lukas waits for her, he gets to know the young perfume sales assistant Alice. She is impulsive and pragmatic while he is full of romantic longing: they begin an affair where both of them are constantly denying their feelings. Nathalie re-appears on the scene the moment when it has finally clicked between them...


Michael Hofmann was born in 1961. He worked as a designer and director for the LINTAS ad agency from 1988-1990 before becoming a freelance writer and director in 1991. He received a grant to attend the Munich Script Workshop in 1994 and made his feature film debut in 1998 with Trouville Beach (Der Strand von Trouville) after directing several shorts and penning a number of screenplays. His other films include: Kleine Fische (short, 1988), An ganz normalen Tagen geschehen Dinge wie diese (short, 1991), The Tale of the Girl and the Bear (short, 1992), Lunapark (short, 1993), Fleischgerichte, buergerlich (short, 1993), Big Eyes (documentary, 1993), Sex & Drugs (short, 1994), Sophiiiie! (2002), and Eden (2005).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Michael Hofmann
Screenplay Michael Hofmann
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Uta Schmidt
Frank Will, Julius Block, Sterne, Tocots
Cast Boris Aljinovic, Antje Westermann, Lars Rudolph
Producers Wolfram Tichy, Albert Kitzler
Production Companies TiMe/Cologne, Trans-Film, Berlin, in co-production with MDR, SWR, WDR, SRF/Zurich
Length 82 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Berlin 1999 (German Films)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor TiMe/Cologne

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