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Birthday

Birthday

The decision to die, the determination to live, and the friendship that comes between.

Four friends meet again to celebrate their 30th birthdays, making good on a promise they had made to each other years ago. Tamara, Bibiana, Harald and Claudio had gone their own ways, getting on with their lives and dreams.

The quiet Harald is the first to turn thirty, and the four are thrilled to get together again. Yet deep-seated fears and forgotten emotions soon resurface, their past slowly catching up with them. While the feisty Claudio, a bundle of contagious joy, rediscovers his love for the pretty, self-centered Tamara, Harald and Bibiana revive a secret that is to cast a long shadow on the birthdays to come: Bibiana's plan to take her own life on her 30th birthday. The pensive, broody Bibiana is the youngest of them all. So, with three parties to go, Harald fights on with dogged determination to change her mind. But before it is too late, he realizes he has only one choice ...

A celebration of friendship, life and death, Birthday is the realistic portrayal of a generation of people in their late twenties, their yearnings and fears.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Stefan Jaeger
Screenplay Stefan Jaeger
Cinematography Knut Schmitz, Stefan Runge
Nicholas Goodwin, Oliver Keidel
Angelo Berardi
Lars Janowitz
Cast Bibiana Beglau, Tamara Simunovic, Harald Koch, Claudio Caiolo
Producers Sabine Lamby, Giulio Ricciarelli
Production Company Naked Eye Filmproduction/Munich
Runtime 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Language
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2001, Filmkunst Fest Schwerin 2001, Karlovy Vary 2001 (in competition), Locarno 2001, Montreal 2001
Awards Audience Award & Best Screenplay Saarbruecken 2001, Discovery Award Schwerin 2001
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Delphi Filmverleih/Berlin