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Rock Crystal (Bergkristall)

Rock Crystal
Scene from "Rock Crystal" (photo © Clasart Film/Petro Dommenigg)

Some stories are so beautiful, that you never forget them.

In a modern winter sport resort, a pastor tells a family from the city about the Christmas legend of the magical “rock crystal”: despite a centuries old feud between the villages Gschaid and Millsdorf, the shoemaker Sebastian and Susanne, the daughter of the local dyer, fall in love. However, the people of Gschaid consider Susanne to be an arrogant Millsdorfer and subject her to their prejudices and hate. Heartbroken and leaving behind her children, the 13-year-old Konrad and the 11-year-old Sanna, she leaves Gschaid and returns to her parents. The siblings desperately hope that the magic of the rock crystal, which is said to reunite loved ones, will help bring their parents back together again. When the children get lost in the snowy mountains after visiting their mother on Christmas Eve, the two rival villages come together again.


Joseph Vilsmaier was born in 1939 and grew up in Munich and Pfarrkirchen. He undertook an apprenticeship at ARRI from 1953 to 1961 and studied Music at the Munich Conservatory. In 1961, he became a camera assistant at Bavaria and has been a director of photography since 1972. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with AUTUMN MILK (HERBSTMILCH), followed by RAMA DAMA (1990), STALINGRAD (1992), CHARLIE & LOUISE (1993), BROTHER OF SLEEP (SCHLAFES BRUDER, 1995), COMEDIAN HARMONISTS (1997), MARLENE (1999),LEO & CLAIRE (2001), ROCK CRYSTAL (BERGKRISTALL, 2004), THE LAST TRAIN (DER LETZTE ZUG, 2006), DIE GESCHICHTE VOM BRANDNER KASPAR (2008), and NANGA PARBAT (2009).
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Joseph Vilsmaier
Screenplay Klaus Richter
Cinematography Joseph Vilsmaier
Norbert Herzner
Chris Heyne, Stefan Busch
Tommy Voegel
Cast Daniel Morgenroth, Dana Vávrová, Francois Goeske, Josefine Vilsmaier, Max Tidof
Producer Markus Zimmer
Production Company Perathon Film/Munich, in co-production with Clasart Film/Munich
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Cine Tirol
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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