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Scene from DREILEBEN - DON'T FOLLOW ME AROUND (photo © ARD Degeto)

In the summer of 2006, film directors Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler began corresponding with each other on the subjects of film aesthetics, the Berlin School, Germany and the film genre (their correspondence was published in German film magazine Revolver). Two years later they decided to continue this theoretical discussion with a joint film project: three individual stories revolving around the same “fait divers”: the escape of a convicted criminal from police custody. Graf’s DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND tells the story of a police psychologist who meets old acquaintances while investigating a case. In Petzold’s BEATS BEING DEAD a young man doing alternative national service experiences a love story without a future. And in Christoph Hochhäusler’s ONE MINUTES OF DARKNESS an indefatigable policeman hunting the escaped prisoner begins to doubt false certainties. Three films, three styles, three exciting approaches, variations, analyses.

Somewhere in the Thuringian Forest – a mythical region full of legends and superstition – a sex offender roams. Police psychologist Johanna is dispatched to Thuringia. She stays with her friend Vera and Vera’s husband Bruno, who have lived in this region for some time now. Old stories and old feelings surface. The two women come to realize that, ten years ago in Munich, they were both in love with the same man at the same time, without ever encountering each other.

Dominik Graf was born in 1952 in Munich. After studying German and Musical Sciences, he studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1974. He received the Bavarian Film Award for his graduation film DER KOSTBARE GAST (1979). He has played a decisive role in developing the profile of the TV series DER FAHNDER and has alternated regularly between film and TV productions. In 1988, he received a German Film Award for his thriller DIE KATZE (1987). His film SPIELER (1990) was shown at Venice in 1990 and he is a regular to the Berlinale where the premieres of his successful feature films A MAP OF THE HEART (2001), THE RED COCKATOO (2005), DREILEBEN – DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (2011) took place. His other films include: TIGER, LÖWE, PANTHER (1988), THE INVINCIBLES (1994), FRAU BU LACHT (TV, 1995), MUNICH –SECRETS OF A CITY (doc, 2000), HOTTE IM PARADIES (TV, 2002), EINE STADT WIRD ERPRESST (2006), DER WEG, DEN WIR NICHT ZUSAMMEN GEHEN (2008), IN THE FACE OF CRIME (2010) and BELOVED SISTERS (2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Dominik Graf
Screenplay Markus Busch, Dominik Graf
Cinematography Michael Wiesweg
Cast Jeanette Hain, Susanne Wolff, Mišel Matičević, Lisa Kreuzer, Rüdiger Vogler
Producers Andreas Bareiss, Gloria Burkert, Sven Burgemeister
Co-Producers Frank Tönsmann, Gebhard Henke, Bettina Reitz, Jörn Klamroth
Production Companies BurkertBareiss Development/Munich, TV60 Film/Munich for Degeto Film
Length 88 min
Format DCP, color, 16:9
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Sydney 2011, Locarno 2011 (Out of Competition), Melbourne 2011, Toronto 2011, New York 2011, London 2011, Ghent 2011, Philadelphia 2011, Hong Kong 2012, San Francisco 2012, Transilvania IFF Cluj 2012, Listapad Minsk 2012, Festival do Rio 2013, CPH PIX 2014, Edinburgh 2014

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