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Trace of the Red Barrels, The

Trace of the Red Barrels, The

Steffi Steinkueller, a young single parent, is going to spend the holidays with her three children Roman, Julia, Jonas and Romans' Turkish friend Tekin at a farm in the Mark Brandenburg. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Hensel, have recently lost their only child Hans-Joerg. Apparently it was suicide but his parents do not know of any reasons why their son would have killed himself. Whilst exploring in the area, the children meet Anatoli, a young Russian soldier who is living on an old Russian military site together with his dog Taina. Anatoli is sometimes working illegally for the Otto Schlange Transportation Company - the same company Hans-Joerg Hensel used to work for. There seems to be some dirty business with red barrels full of chemical waste. The children set up the private investigation office of Steinkueller & Co. in order to solve the mystery of the red barrels and can occasionally rely on the help of the retired police superintendent Otto Kaminski.


Kai Wessel was born in Hamburg in 1961. After completing his studies, he began working as an assistant director. He made his breakthrough with Martha Jellneck, which was nominated for the German Film Award in 1988. Among his most noted television productions are the filming of the diaries of the Jewish literature professor Victor Klemperer, Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland (1999), as well as Hat er Arbeit? (2000), Goebbels und Geduldig (2001) and Leben waere schoen (2003), which won the Adolf Grimme Award in 2004. His epic miniseries Die Flucht (2007) was one of the top-rated fiction productions of 2007.

Director Kai Wessel
Screenplay Kai Wessel
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Ursula Hoef
Konstantin Wecker
Cast Teresa Harder, Florian Bamberg, Meike Fellinger, Florian Schoen, Evren Sahin, Peter Sodann
Production Company Ottokar Runze Film/Hamburg, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, MDR, ORB/Berlin
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby Stereo
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmbuero NW
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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