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Nothing But Ghosts (Nichts als Gespenster)

Nothing But Ghosts
Scene from "Nothing But Ghosts" (photo © box! Film- und Fernsehproduktion)

Tales of unfulfilled love, hopes and dreams, based on Judith Hermann's critically acclaimed international bestsellers Nothing But Ghosts and The Summer House, Later.

Judith Hermann sends her characters out into the world in five episodes dealing with her favorite themes: star-crossed love and the general rootlessness of Generation X. Whether they're in Venice, Jamaica, Berlin, the Nevadan desert or Iceland – her characters always leave their familiar surroundings behind. They travel to various countries for various motives, but they all inevitably realize that there's something you can't escape, no matter where you go: yourself...


Martin Gypkens was born in 1969 in Bonn. After his schooling, he went to New York, where he gained his first experience in film. From 1992-1996, he worked as a prop designer for various productions in Berlin. In 1993, he directed the play Unidentifizierte Leichtenteile und das wahren Wesen der Liebe in Bonn. In 1996, he enrolled in the Dramaturgy program at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam and has writtten numerous feature screenplays. His films include: Papas (short, 2000), We (Wir, 2003), and Nothing But Ghosts (Nichts als Gespenstser, 2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Martin Gypkens
Screenplay Martin Gypkens
Cinematography Eeva Fleig
Karin Jacobs
Martin Todsharow
Joerg Prinz
Cast Ina Weisse, Jessica Schwarz, Solveig Arnasdottir, Valur Freyr Einarsson, Karina Plachetka, Fritzi Haberlandt, Stipe Erceg, Wotan Wilke Möhring, August Diehl, Maria Simon, Brigitte Hobmeier, Janek Rieke, Chiara Schoras
Producer Andreas Eicher
Production Company box! Film/Berlin, in co-production with Marco Polo High Definition/Halle, Senator Film Produktion, RBB, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 116 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Locarno 2007 (Piazza Grande), Berlin 2008 (German Cinema), Shanghai 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MEDIA
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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