Film Info: Lea

Lea

Lea

Lea - a modern fairytale for adults - tells the story of an unusual and, in the end, tragic relationship between a traumatised girl from Slovakia and a former Foreign Legionnaire from Germany. Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer living on his own, comes to Slovakia in 1991 to sort out some property affairs. Whilst there, he meets Lea who has not spoken since childhood. Strehlow falls in love with her because she looks amazingly like his late wife and buys her from her step-parents. He takes her away against her will with him to Germany and marries her. A relationship that is apparently doomed to failure. Gradually, each of them penetrates further and further into the mysterious sphere of the other one and senses that they are bound together by a kind of spiritual affinity.


Ivan Fila was born in Prague in 1956 and has been living in Germany since 1977. He graduated in Film Direction and Dramaturgy from the University of Cologne and has worked as a director, screenwriter and producer since 1983. He was nominated for the European Script d'Or for his screenplay to King of Thieves (Koenig der Diebe, 2004). A selection of his award-winning films includes: Harley Heaven (1983), Story of a Hope (1986), In the Name of the Revolution (1989), Through a Labyrinth (1990), Tales from Another World (1991), Vaclav Havel - A Bohemian Fairy Tale (1993), Fog (1995), Hitler's Blackmail (documentary, 1995), and Lea (1996).
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Ivan Fila
Screenplay Ivan Fila
Cinematography Vladimir Smutný
Ivana Davidová
Petr Hapka
Animation Global Screen
Cast Lenka Vlasáková, Hanna Schygulla, Christian Redl, Mirsolav Donutil
Producers Ivan Fila, Herbert Rimbach
Production Company Ivan Fila Filmproduktion/Frankfurt, in co-production with AVISTA Film/Munich
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Slowakian/German
Subtitled Version Italian
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Filmbuero NW