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It is the hottest summer evening of the year. Jan, a law student, just broke up with Christine. As he is relieving himself in a nearby park, he discovers Anja - who has just been stabbed to death - and Tony, with a bloody knife in his hand. Did Tony really commit the crime? "Give me five minutes" he begs Jan - that's all he needs to prove that he is innocent. Jan does - and follows Tony into a long, dark night full of lies and confusion. Meanwhile, Christine is out on the streets looking for Jan. She meets a man who is, unbeknownst to her, Jan's boss, Judge Krauss. Krauss talks her into letting him pay her for sex.

In Kismet, the meanings of law and ethics are taken apart and turned upside down. It is a fantastic psychological thriller with comic undertones - and a nightmare full of desire, manipulation and faux pas.

Kai Hensel was born in Hamburg in 1965 and, after completing his studies, worked as an advertising director, wrote for radio and also directs plays in Luebeck. He has also written several TV screenplays in the past few years.

Andreas Thiel was born in Duesseldorf in 1957. After his secondary schooling and studies at the Academy for Television & Film in Munich (HFF/M), he worked as an assistant director and co-author for Bernd Schadewald. Having directed TV productions and smaller projects, Kismet is his first feature-length film. His other films include: Der Verfuehrer (1991), Scheidungsgericht (TV series, 1994), Aus heiterem Himmel (TV series, 1995), and Ein Fall fuer Zwei (TV, 1995).
Genre Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Directors Kai Hensel, Andreas Thiel
Screenplay Kai Hensel
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Jean-Marc Lesguillons
Cast Axel Milberg, Steffen Wink, Fatih Akin, Jule Ronstedt
Producer Nils Dünker
Production Company Sonne, Mond und Sterne, Munich
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Munich 1999, Montreal 1999, Gothenburg 2000, Cleveland 2000, Saarbruecken 2000
German Distributor Helkon Filmverleih GmbH/Munich

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