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WINTERSLEEPERS (WINTERSCHLÄFER)

WINTERSLEEPERS

Four city-dwellers. A strange in-between state. Two couples between exhaustion and a desire to leave. Everything can happen in the shimmering expanses of snow. Love, sex and death. The land-scape's eeriness reflects the unpredicta-bility of the emotions. There is an accident. Little coincidences and fate at large are at work. Nothing will ever be the same again. A passionate film about landscapes and emotions.


Tom Tykwer was born in Wuppertal in 1965 and became interested in film at an early age. He worked as a projectionist and booker in various independent arthouse cinemas for several years before he helmed his first feature film DEADLY MARIA in 1993, followed by WINTER SLEEPERS (1997), RUN LOLA RUN (1998), THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (2000), HEAVEN (2002), PERFUME - THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006), THE INTERNATIONAL (2009), and THREE (2010), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Tom Tykwer
Screenplay Françoise Pyszora, Tom Tykwer
Cinematography Frank Griebe
Katja Dringenberg
Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil
Cast Ulrich Matthes, Floriane Daniel, Heino Ferch, Marie-Lou Sellem
Producer Stefan Arndt
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ARTE, WDR, MDR, Palladio Film/Cologne
Length 134 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Gijón 1997, Locarno 1997, Thessaloniki 1997, Zurich 2012
Awards 2 German Film Awards 1998, VGF Award 1998, Best Art Direction & Best Director Gijón 1997, Guild Film Award in Silver 1998 from the Guild of German Arthouse Cinemas, Audience Award & FIPRESCI Award Thessaloniki 1997, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BMI
German Distributor Prokino Plus Filmvertriebs/Munich

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