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WHITE SOUND, THE

Katja is tired of getting her schizophrenic brother out of serious trouble. But Lukas unwaveringly follows his self-destructive way of living. He is obsessed with the thought that the whole world is against him. Katja's last and ultimate try to bring Lukas back to his senses ends with him jumping into a river. Just in time, a hobo appears and saves his life. At the vagrant's side, Lukas is introduced to a whole new life, far away from the usual standard of today's society. These people do not expect him to behave in a "normal" way. They accept him as he is and wants to be. He travels south with them, but tension rises as Lukas often endangers the group with this aggressive behavior. Finally, the situation escalates. Lukas dives into the sea and starts to swim. He is already very far out, before all sight of him is lost. He will never again endanger or hurt anyone ...

THE WHITE SOUND deals sensitively with the effects of schizophrenia without presenting a "thesis play". Although the main characters have to fight serious problems, they do not despair. They take on the challenge, developing tricks to succeed and get through life.


Hans Weingartner was born in 1970. He studied Physics and Neurosciences in Vienna and Berlin and earned a diploma as a camera assistant from the Austrian Association of Cinematography, followed by post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. His films include: the shorts DER DREIFACHSTECKER (1994), SPLIT BRAIN (1997), and FRANK (1999), and the features THE WHITE SOUND (2000), THE EDUKATORS (2004), RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN (2007), HUT IN THE WOODS (2011), and 303 (2018).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Hans Weingartner
Screenplay Matthias Schellenberg, Toby Amann, Hans Weingartner
Cinematography Matthias Schellenberg, Toby Amann, Hans Weingartner
Andreas Wodraschke, Dirk Oetelshoven
Marek Goldowski, Andreas Wodraschke
Claudia Stock
Cast Patrick Joswig, Anabelle Lachatte, Daniel Brühl
Producer Annette Pisacane
Production Company Cameo Film & Fernsehproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Length 106 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2001, Turin 2001, Vienna 2001, New Directors New Films New York 2002, Ghent 2002, Regus London 2002, Thessaloniki 2002
Awards Max-Ophuels Prize Award Saarbrücken 2001, German Film Award 2002 for Best Leading Actor, German Film Critics' Award 2003 for Best Feature Debut
With backing from Filmbuero NW, State of Voralberg/ Austria
German Distributor X Verleih

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