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Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana
Scene from "Fata Morgana" (photo © Joerg Gruber)

Laura and Daniel, a young European couple, are traveling in the Moroccan desert when their car suddenly breaks down. The enigmatic Nick comes to their aid, repairs the car and promises to take them back to Agadir. Instead, however, he takes them further and further into the inhospitable desert. While Daniel increasingly distrusts Nick, who has a knife and wears a badge from the French Foreign Legion, Laura is fascinated by the mysterious man. In a fit of jealousy, Daniel punctures Nick's motorcycle tires one night and flees with Laura as she sleeps. This later triggers a bitter argument between Daniel and Laura, which ends with Laura disappearing into a sandstorm. All three ultimately come together in a ghost town, the scene of a dramatic showdown...


Simon Gross was born in 1976 in Berlin. He completed internships for feature and documentary projects and worked as a production and director\'s assistant, set manager, and script & continuity assistant. After studies at the University of Southern California, he enrolled at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich, during which time he directed numerous short films. He worked for Spyglass Entertainment in Los Angeles as an editor and developed several treatments and screenplays. His films include: the shorts Schattenfrauen (1995), Out of Control (1996), Another World (1996), Der Faehrmann (1997), Suendenfall (1998), Nachtrausch (2001), and his feature debut Fata Morgana (2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Simon Gross
Screenplay Simon Gross, Nana Ekvtimishvili, Stefan Stabenow
Cinematography Peter Steuger
Stefan Stabenow
Mariana Bernoski
Oliver Hoese
Cast Matthias Schweighöfer, Marie Zielke, Jean-Hugues Anglade
Producer Fritjof Hohagen
Production Company enigma film/Munich, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Odeon Pictures/Geiselgasteig, Lunaris Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Munich, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal 2007 (First Films World Competition), Philadephia 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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