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They've Got Knut (Sie haben Knut)

They've Got Knut
Scene from "They've Got Knut" (photo © Home Run PIctures)

A tale of love and other forgotten ideals in the early 80s.

Love and politics were inseparable in the 80s, especially in West Germany, where friends, lovers and families would chant anti-imperialist slogans in endless protest marches. Politics, however, is the last thing on the minds of Ingo and Nadia on this winter weekend in 1983. They've come to Nadia's mountain cabin to discuss – or dissolve – their relationship. But before Ingo can begin to pour out his soul, a rowdy band of holidaymakers suddenly bursts in upon them – all politically active friends of Nadia's brother Knut. Ingo is irritated, but worse is yet to come: Knut has apparently been arrested. As the group debates whether it is politically correct to have fun under such circumstances, Ingo finds himself drifting away from Nadia. Little by little, he is sucked into a community where people's hearts and minds are like strangers without a common language...


Stefan Krohmer was born in 1971 in Balingen. He studied Theater, Film and Television in Erlangen, followed by studies in Directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. His films include: Blackfast (1992), Chubab (1994), K.O. (documentary, 1995), Macht man eigentlich anders (TV, 1998), his graduation film Barracuda Dancing (1999), End of the Season (Ende der Saison, 2001), Familienkreise (TV, 2003), They\'ve Got Knut (Sie haben Knut, 2003), and Summer \'04 (Sommer \'04 an der Schlei, 2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Stefan Krohmer
Screenplay Daniel Nocke
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Stephan Krumbiegel
Pack Jam, Donna Summer, Heaven 17, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch
Thilo Mengler, Thomas Prommersberger
Cast Anneke Kim Sarnau, Markus Sieber, Rainer Strecker, Devid Striesow, Nina Weniger, Marc Zwinz, Alexandra Neldel, Ingo Haeb, Hans Jochen Wagner, Stephan Hornung, Valerie Koch
Producer Peter Rommel
Production Companies Home Run Pictures, Stuttgart, Allmedia/Stuttgart, in co-production with ZDF, Allegro Film/Vienna, ARTE
Length 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2003 (Perspectives German Cinema), Karlovy Vary 2003 (Variety Critics' Choice), Diagonale 2003, Seattle 2003, Copenhagen 2003, Leeds 2003
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, Cine Tirol

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