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NOCEBO

NOCEBO
(photo © Südart Filmproduktion/Menelaos Film)

Christian Lukas, 22, is on the run. He took part in a drug study and together with his girlfriend Anna discovered the death of a fellow participant. However, instead of investigating, the doctors covered up the incident. When Anna also starts showing signs of the deadly side effects, Christian breaks out of the test center to get help. But neither the police nor doctors believe his story since Christian suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Only his sister Alice stands by him, despite her also having serious doubts - until suddenly unknown pursuers show up. But what is the real story behind Christian's escape? Does the girl in danger really exist at all? Where is the line between psychosis and reality? NOCEBO - a perception thriller.


Lennart Ruff was born in 1986 in Mannheim. He worked as an intern for several commercial production companies, as a location manager and production assistant for German TV and theatrical films. He studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich and participated in a Masterclass there. His films include: the shorts GRENZFALL (2007), LITTLE JERK (2008), KREISLAUF (2009), NO SPECIAL INCIDENTS (2009), LIFE IS EASY (2010), the commercials EUROSPORT: WIR SIND WINTER (2011) and HOPE (2012), and NOCEBO (2014).
Genre Thriller
Category Short
Year of Production 2014
Director Lennart Ruff
Screenplay Maggie Peren
Cinematography Jan-Marcello Kahl
Cast Vincent Redetzki, Picco von Groote, Odine Johne, Daniel Friedrich
Producers Boris Jendreyko, Thomas Klimmer, Severin Höhne, Tobias M. Huber
Production Companies Südart Filmproduktion/Munich, Menelaos Film/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), ARTE
Length 37 min 51 sec
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Telluride 2014, Cleveland 2015, Go Short Nijmegen 2015, Molodist Kiev 2015
Awards Student Academy Award in Gold 2014
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Förderverein der HFF München, Bernd Burgemeister Fonds, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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