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Dead, at the Moment (Zur Zeit verstorben)

Dead, at the Moment
Michael Gwisdek, Fritz Marquardt, Paul Schulz (photo © It Works! Medien)

After a serious family conflict, an old and confused man escapes to his even older friends at the village marketplace. As a sign of his lust for life, he offers to get some ice cream for himself and his friends.

Feeling in tune with the world, the old man then makes his way for his last journey.


Thomas Wendrich was born in 1971 in Dresden. After studying Acting and Scriptwriting, he worked as an actor at the Berliner Ensemble Theater and as a freelance writer and director in Berlin. He has written the screenplays to The Madman (Der Irre), The Duck Shits Back (Hinten scheisst die Ente), Take Your Life! (Nimm Dir Dein Leben), and Die Freiheit faehrt H-Null and is currently working on the screenplays to Maria Am Wasser and Russendisko. Dead, at the Moment (Zur Zeit verstorben, 2004) marks his directorial debut.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Short
Year of Production 2004
Director Thomas Wendrich
Screenplay Thomas Wendrich
Cinematography Istvan Imreh
Elsa Kampen
Joerg Huke
Susanne Hopf
Cast Michael Gwisdek, Marie Gruber, Ede Hoffmann, Fritz Marquardt, Paul Schulz
Producer Annekatrin Hendel
Production Company IT WORKS! Medien/Berlin, in co-production with Siegmundt. Film/Dresden
Length 17 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology DTS
Festivals International Short Film Fest Berlin 2004, Saarbruecken 2004, Molodist Kiev 2004, Imaginale Rome 2004, Sao Paulo International Short Film Fest 2004, Raindance 2004, Bamberg 2004, Dresden 2004, Schwerin 2004, Stralsund 2004, Wiesbaden 2004, Erfurt 2004, Worldwide Short Film Festival Toronto 2006
Awards Audience Awards in Bamberg, Dresden, Schwerin, & Stralsund, Main Prize Wiesbaden 2004, Golden Sparrow Erfurt 2004, Main Prize Berlin 2004
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Interfilm Verleih/Berlin

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