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According to the Plan (Frei nach Plan)

According to the Plan
Corinna Harfouch, Dagmar Manzel, Kirsten Block (photo courtesy of credofilm/MDC)

For her mother’s big birthday party, Anne comes back to her home town. Her two sisters still live there: the older sister Iris lives with their mother in a love-hate relationship and the younger sister Marianne lives close to Anne and their mother with her own little family. Anne, the rebel and more adventurous of the three, turns the party preparations upside down. She falls in love with her younger sister’s husband and turns over all responsibility for the party to Iris. Catastrophes small and large keep interrupting the party planning. The absurd comedy and tragedy of life changes the planed course of the party, things getting totally out of hand, and the three sisters have to start all over again, from the very beginning...

Franziska Meletzky was born in 1973 in Leizpig. After studying German, Media Studies and English at Leipzig University, she made the short film Blind Date (1996) and staged Saxonian Classics and The Ice Princess at the Oberhausen Theater. In 1997, she enrolled at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B). Her other films include: the shorts Mad About It (Filmverrueckt, 1998), Mitgerissen! (1998), Scent (Duft 1999), To Weimar (Weg nach Weimar (1999), 39 1/2 (2000), Knife and Fork Only (Alles mit Besteck, 2001), Only the Beloved Soul (Gluecklich ist allein, 2002), Wanted! (Nachbarinnen, 2004), and According to the Plan (Frei nach Plan, 2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Franziska Meletzky
Screenplay Elke Roessler
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Juergen Winkelblech
Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
Susanne Abel
Cast Dagmar Manzel, Corinna Harfouch, Kirsten Block, Robert Gallinowski, Christine Schorn
Producers Susann Schimk, Jörg Trentmann
Production Company credo:film/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Shanghai 2007 (In Competition), Goeteborg 2008, Karlovy Vary 2008 (Variety Critics' Choice)
Awards Best Film & Best Ensemble Shanghai 2007, German Film Award 2008 (Best Supporting Actress Christine Schorn)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Novapool Pictures/Berlin

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