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BAREFOOT
photo © Bernd Spauke

Nick Keller is the black sheep of his family. He loses one job after another. His step-father Heinrich and his brother Viktor consider him a looser. Only his mother really believes in him.

At his new job in a psychiatric clinic, Nick prevents a young woman, Leila, from committing suicide at the last minute. When Nick leaves the clinic that evening, she secretly follows him and shows up in his kitchen in the middle of the night: wearing a nightgown and barefoot.

Nick doesn’t know what to do, Leila refuses to go back to the clinic. She has decided to stay with him. Nick, who has never taken on responsibility for anyone in his whole life, and Leila, who grew up completely isolated from the outside world, take off on a trip together: one that will change their lives…


Til Schweiger was born in 1963 in Freiburg. An acting, directing, writing and producing multi-talent, he is one of Germany's most popular actors and most successful filmmakers today. Schweiger's films as an actor include some of the most successful German and international films of recent years: INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, PHANTOM PAIN, MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE, and T(R)AUMSCHIFF SURPRISE - PERIODE 1. His films as a director are BAREFOOT, RABBIT WITHOUT EARS 1 and 2, 1 1/2 RITTER, KOKOWÄÄH, GUARDIAN ANGEL, and HEAD FULL OF HONEY. CLASS REUNION is his latest film as a director, writer, producer as well as lead actor.
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Til Schweiger
Screenplay Steven Zotnowsky, Dina Marie Chapman, Til Schweiger, Jann Preuss, Nika von Altenstadt
Cinematography Christof Wahl
Constantin von Seld, Til Schweiger
Max Berghaus, Dirk Reichardt, Stefan Hansen
Cast Til Schweiger, Nadja Tiller, Michael Mendl, Steffen Wink, Eric Judor, Johanna Wokalek
Producers Til Schweiger, Tom Zickler
Production Company Barefoot Films, in co-production with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich, Mr. Brown Entertainment/Berlin
Length 115 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Shanghai 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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