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Autopilots (Autopiloten)

Scene from "Autopilots" (photo © LICHTBLICK/Alex Trebus)

Autopilots tells the story of four people trying to live up to their lost ideals in interwoven episodes. Each of them has become a social outcast. Lacking a foothold, they erratically move through their own lives. During 24 hours these characters’ paths cross on the freeways of the Ruhr Area.

Georg, trainer of a soccer league team, must win the game tonight if he wants to keep his job. He discovers how the mechanisms of the soccer trade have begun to turn against him. Dieter, freelance reporter is on the pursuit of spectacular images. He loves his son, who lives with his ex-wife Rita, but does not devote much attention to him. Joerg, a salesman for bathtub lifts finds himself drifting off into isolation and discovers he cannot go on with his double life. Heinz, an aging pop singer spends his days singing at anniversary celebrations for shopping malls and the like. And he can’t keep up the illusion anymore.

They are all heroes of an inner insecurity, who are just trying to hang in there...

Bastian Günther was born in 1974 in Hachenburg and studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. His thesis film, END OF A TRIP, won the First Steps Award in 2006. He worked as an assistant-director for Christian Petzold and Marin Martschewski. AUTOPILOTS, which he wrote and directed in 2007, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals worldwide, winning the MFG-Star Award for young directors at the MFG Festival in Baden-Baden. In 2012 he shot the international feature HOUSTON (with Ulrich Tukur and Garret Dillahunt) which premiered at Sundance (World Dramatic Competition) and was screened afterwards at festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. In 2013 he shot the hybrid film CALIFORNIA CITY. He divides his time between Berlin and Austin, Texas. His other films include: ACAPULCO (short, 2002), STAY AT HOME IN SUMMER (doc, 2004), and he is currently working on the development of a feature titled AVALANCHE.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Bastian Günther
Screenplay Bastian Günther
Cinematography Michael Kotschi
Olaf Tischbier
Bernd Begemann, Andreas Doerne, Jens Hafemann
Dorothee von Bodelschwingh
Cast Manfred Zapatka, Charly Hübner, Walter Kreye, Wolfram Koch, Susanne-Marie Wrage
Producers Joachim Ortmanns, Martin Heisler
Production Company Lichtblick Film, in co-production with SWR, ARTE
Length 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2007 (Perspectives German Cinema), Shanghai 2007, Montreal 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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