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Kim Morton in NOBODY'S PERFECT (photo © Palladio Film, 2008)

The documentary NOBODY'S PERFECT follows Niko von Glasow as he looks for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the disastrous side-effects of Thalidomide, and who are prepared to pose for a book of photos. And to pose naked – to allow those who regularly throw furtive glances at Thalidomiders and other physically disabled people, to take a good, long look. In the process, Niko discovers many fascinating characters who work in such diverse areas as politics, the media, sport, astrophysics and acting. Characters who have learned to live with their disability to an impressive level of “normality”.

With a darkly humorous touch, and no deference to political correctness, NOBODY'S PERFECT explores the specific problems which these twelve extraordinary people have faced during childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and shows them reacting with curiosity, enthusiasm or (like Niko himself) horror towards the project. As the film approaches its climax – the photoshoots – von Glasow completes the picture with scenes showing his unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the chemical company Gruenenthal, to talk about Thalidomide and its effects. Von Glasow presents an impressive portrayal of the sensitivities and feelings of disabled people, and our society’s reactions to them.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Niko von Glasow
Screenplay Andrew Emerson, Niko von Glasow, Kiki von Glasow
Cinematography Ania Dabrowska
Mathias Dombrink, Mechthild Barth
Henrike Mueller
Cast Sigrid Kwella, Doris Pakendorf, Theo Zavelberg, Petra Uttenweiler, Andreas Meyer, Kim Morton, Fred Dove, Mat Fraser, Niko von Glasow, Bianca Vogel, Sofia Plich, Stefan Fricke, Mandel von Glasow
Producer Niko von Glasow
Production Company Palladio Film/Cologne, in co-production with WDR
Runtime 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Locarno 2008, Prix Europa 2008, Sao Paulo 2008, Hong Kong 2009, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2009, Palm Springs 2010, Message to Man St. Petersburg 2013
Awards German Film Award 2009 (Best Documentary)
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

World Sales
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