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Black Forest

Black Forest
Scene from "Black Forest" (photo © Eikon Suedwest GmbH)

Looking for an adventurous change from their comfortable everyday lives, Eva, Sabine, Jurgen and Mike head off for a one-week getaway in an abandoned farmhouse in the depths of the Black Forest. Secluded and surrounded by thick and mysterious forests, the farmhouse is anything but easily accessible. The young vacationers get dropped off by the forest ranger. After he leaves, they are on their own, only equipped with the most essential provisions for a week’s stay and a DV camera. Collecting berries and chopping wood, the group spends their first vacation day in a buoyant mood, just as they had anticipated. They do not care much about the ranger’s warning to keep away from a “secret room” in the farmhouse. Jurgen and Mike break down the door and find an old, broken television. Jurgen tries for hours to fix the television, but the only visible result is a diffuse image and some noise. This all changes when the television set suddenly starts to air images and a random TV program – which will exert a fatal influence on the four friends. The group does not connect the murder of an innocent hiker and a meal of poisoned mushrooms to the TV program. But as jealousy, betrayals and distrust surface, only Eva senses that something inexplicable, something supernatural must be taking over control....


Gert Steinheimer was born in Ottenhoefen in 1964 and made his debut as a writer and director with the feature Zweikampf which was premiered at the Hof Film Days in 1986 and won a Silver Nymph for Best European Script at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival in 1988. His other films include: Atlantis darf nicht untergehen (1988), Gaukler (1988), Liebe, Tod und Eisenbahn (1989), Killer (1991), Das Tier (1992), Schwarz greift ein (1993), Hotel Mama (1995), Martin Berg (1996), Bis dann (1996), Die Healthy (Sterben ist gesuender, 1998), Eine Herzensangelegenheit (1997), and Black Forest (2009).
Genre Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Gert Steinheimer
Screenplay Gert Steinheimer
Cinematography Pascal Rémond
Arne Wanner
Andreas Adler, Jo Matz
Benedikt Herré
Cast Johanna Klante, Nikola Kastner, Adrian Topol, Bernhard Bulling
Production Company EIKON Südwest/Stuttgart, in co-production with Licam/Stuttgart, Timeline/Stuttgart
Length 79 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund

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