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Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkuehler (photo © Anna C. Wagner)

The friends Mike and Alfred are unemployed. They spend their empty days drinking beer at a road-side snack bar. Half-hearted attempts to find work have not got them anywhere. One day, they take up the proposal of a regular drinking partner Rasto to take over a derelict motorway kiosk, but it soon becomes apparent that Rasto doesn't have his business in order. Shady business relations use criminal techniques to pressure him to pay his debts. In spite of the long odds, Mike and Alfred manage to turn the kiosk into a goldmine, but that can't save Rasto. When Alfred falls in love with a supermarket check-out girl and neglects his work, while Mike turns into a workaholic, disaster cannot be avoided. The turbulence of working life puts the friendship of the former jobless Mike and Alfred to the test. It isn't that easy to get what everyone already seems to have: work, money, recognition and the right woman at your side.

Markus Mischkowski was born in 1966 in Cologne and studied Linguistics in Berlin and Screenwriting at the ifs international film school Cologne. Active as a writer, director and producer (Westendfilme) of numerous short films in cooperation with Kai Maria Steinkühler, their first feature film was WESTEND (2001).

Kai Maria Steinkühler was born in 1967 in Cologne and studied Egyptian and African Studies in Cologne, followed by engagements in various theaters. Active as a writer, director and producer (Westendfilme) of numerous short films in co-operation with Markus Mischkowski, their first feature film was WESTEND (2001).
Genre Comedy, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Directors Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkühler
Screenplay Markus Mischkowski
Cinematography Klaus Peter Schmidt
Christine Dériaz
The Haifaboys
Ildiko Mohos, Anja Kuehnle
Cast Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkühler, Jens Claassen, Katharina Schmaltz, Ralf Richter, Katy Karrenbauer
Producers Kai Kuennemann, Maja Neumann
Production Company Kai Kuennemann Filmproduktion/Cologne
Length 89 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2001, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2002, Rotterdam 2002, Warsaw 2002 (in competition), Puchon 2002, Rio 2002, Bratislava 2002
With backing from Filmbuero NW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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