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Cold Void (Weisse Stille)

Cold Void
Scene from "Cold Void" (photo © Stefan Karle)

After Italy declared war on Germany in 1943, there are parts of the fifth division of German mountaineers in the Austrian-Italian Alps. Small units guard a 260 kilometer long mountain front at 3000 meters above sea level and under most difficult replenishment conditions.

Cold Void tells the story of a group, who under extreme climatic conditions, are cramped together and faced with dwindling rations. The fight for survival puts the men’s camaraderie to the test and the situation among them escalates.

It’s not matter of the heroic deeds of the characters, but rather a search for humanity in personal and moralistic failure.

Philip Haucke studied Economics, followed by Medicine at the Humboldt University of Berlin, before he started to work at Babelsberg Studios in 1999. He is a former Student of the New York Film Academy, a member of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2003, as well as student of the Directors Class and the Masterclass of Studies of Commercial, PR, and Image Film at the Academy of Television and Film Munich. He also worked as an AD on several feature productions (including Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, Soundless, Knallharte Jungs, 666-Traue Keinem mit dem Du schlaefst, Boran and The Tunnel) and as DoP on numerous short films, documentaries, and music videos. After directing several short films and award-winning commercials (including: Silver Jury Award at the Spotlight International TV-Spot and Commercial Festival 2005, the Silver David Jury Award at the Porsche International Student Advertising Film Competition 2005 and being short-listed for the Young Directors Award at the Cannes Lions 2005) the mountain-war-drama Cold Void (Weisse Stille, 2004) marks his feature film debut as writer/producer/director. His other films include the shorts: Black Baby and Key Moment (1999), Borneo (2000), Ghosts (2001), The Call (2002), and K. Must Have Been Betrayed (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Philip Haucke
Cinematography Stefan Karle
Dunja Campregher
Philipp F. Kölmel
Thomas Griebl
Cast Florian Panzner, Peter Kremer, Rainer Strecker, Bastian Trost, Christoph Bach
Producers Christoph Menardi, Claudius Lohmann, Philip Haucke
Production Company NEOS Film/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 86 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2004, Shanghai 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Cine Tirol, Foerderverein der HFF/M

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