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Angel's Revenge, An (Engel schlaegt zurueck, Ein)

Angel's Revenge, An

Charlotte runs a luggage porter service for the tourists on Helgoland: she transports the luggage of the new arrivals from the jetty to the bed and breakfast hotels. When she sees Ayse for the first time, she thinks she's seen an angel. However, in fact she's a former prostitute who's now there on the deck of the ferry with her cases waiting to take up her inheritance. Horst Klein, a regular client, had departed this life in her plush workplace and bequeathed her all of his property on the condition that she only use it in its current location: Helgoland. This essentially consists of "Klein's Bangers", a snack bar at the harbor. After initially being sisters of misfortune, Charlotte and Ayse become friends. The fact that the two outsiders transform "Klein's Bangers" into the "Orient Express" meets with as little enthusiasm from the other islanders as the rumours about Ayse's past. The only ally they seem to have is Torsten, the landlord's adolescent son ...


Angelina Maccarone was born in Cologne in 1965 and studied German and American Literature and Film at the University of Hamburg. She made her directorial debut in 1994 with the coming-out comedy KOMMT MAUSI RAUS? and followed this with EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE (ALLES WIRD GUT, 1997) winner of Audience Awards in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, AN ANGEL'S REVENGE (EIN ENGEL SCHLÄGT ZURÜCK, 1997), UNVEILED (FREMDE HAUT, 2005) winner of the Hessischer Filmpreis for Best Feature, Jury Grand Prize at the International LGBT Festival in Montreal and the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Seattle L & G Film Festival, HOUNDED (VERFOLGT, 2006) which won the Filmmakers of the Present: Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2006, VIVERE (2006), and THE LOOK (2011).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Angelina Maccarone
Screenplay Angelina Maccarone, Michaela Ewers
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Michèle Barbin
Jakob Hansonis
Cast Marek Harloff, Tatjana Blacher, Jale Arikan
Producer Hubertus Meyer-Burckhardt
Production Company Akzente Film, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format DigiBeta PAL, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hamburg 1998, London 1998, Cologne Conference 1998