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Sheep and Chips (Schimmelreiter, Die)

Sheep and Chips
Scene from "Sheep and Chips" (photo © Michael Toetter & Stevie Schulze)

Northern Germany can be so beautiful... some say. Others are dying of boredom there and want nothing more than to get the hell out of there. The good-humored Fuchs, a passionate food control agent with the local authorities, spends his days going from one snack bar to the next, making sure everything is in order. Tillmann, a depressive alcoholic, couldn’t take it abroad and shows up again at home in rural Dithmarschen. Fuchs dreams of life in the big city Hamburg, but to get transferred there, he’s got to prove himself. And along comes the perfect opportunity to do so when Tillmann, his boss’ misanthropic brother, is assigned to accompany him on a business trip.

A classic buddy movie, a tour-de-force through the provincial wastelands of Northern Germany.


Lars Jessen was born in 1969 in Kiel and studied History, Politics and Philosophy in Cologne, followed by Film and Television at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. A selection of his films includes: Dunkles Land am Meeresstrand (short, 1989), Not an Inch (documentary, 1992), FlughafenWahn (documentary, 1995), Luebke - In Search of the President of the Federal Republic Heinrich Luebke (TV, 1997), numerous episodes of the series Die Wache (1998-1999), Titanic TV (1999), Grossstadtrevier, Aus gutem Haus, and Soko Wismar (2000-2003), The Day Bobby Ewing Died (Am Tag als Bobby Ewing starb, 2005), Sheep and Chips (Die Schimmelreiter, 2008), and Dorfpunks (2009).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Lars Jessen
Screenplay Lars Jessen, Ingo Haeb
Cinematography Michael Toetter
Marcel Peragine
Jakob Ilja
Heike Lauer-Schnurr
Cast Axel Prahl, Peter Jordan, Katharina Wackernagel, Siir Eloglu, Peter Striebeck, Bjarne Mädel
Producer Elke Peters
Production Company Neue Mira Film, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hamburg 2008, Luebeck 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Kulturelle Filmfoederung Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor ARIES Images/Hamburg

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