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Love Game (Liebes Spiel)

Love Game
Scene from "Love Game" (photo © Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv)

Morten prepares for his studies the way his parents want him to. One day he gets to know the beautiful Theresa and falls in love with her. But he wonders about Theresa`s strange behavior. Sometimes she disappears for days and then she comes over to see him late at night. Morten notices that Theresa is lying. He follows her secretly to a casino. There he finds out that Theresa is a gambling addict. Later he even witnesses Theresa going to a hotel with a stranger who payed for her debts in the casino.

Morten and Theresa argue and separate. But only a day later Theresa comes back and asks him for help. She promises to stop gambling. While Morten changes his own life and emancipates himself from his parents, it seems that Theresa never will be able to overcome her addiction.


Britta Sauer studied Theater, New German Literature and Psychology in Munich, during which time she directed plays at the university theater. She then went on to study Direction at the Munich Academy of Television and Film and participated in numerous film workshops in the US and Germany. Also active as a writer, her films include: Der Irrlaeufer (1993), Kleine Fische (short, 1994), Rosas Café (short, 1995), four episodes of Emmeran (1995-1997), the trailer and show Talk nach vier (1996), Die Gebrueder Skladanowsky (short, 1996) under the supervision of Wim Wenders, Ohne Gewaehr (1998), Cineon (documentary short, 2000), Mzimu Makusi (documentary, 2001), Kurze Begegnung (short, 2001), 55 Minuten (2004), and Love Game (Liebes Spiel, 2005).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Britta Sauer
Screenplay Maggie Peren
Cinematography Konstantin Kröning
Martin Menzel
Franco Tortora, Tom Batoy
Stefan Hauck
Cast Maggie Peren, Florian Stetter, Henning Peker, Bruno F. Apitz
Producers Leander Carell, Patrick Knippel, Steffen Reuter, Ulrike Hauff
Production Company SCHMIDTz KATZE FILMKOLLEKTIV/Berlin & Halle, in co-production with Medien und Television Muenchen/Munich, MDR
Length 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Festival des Deutschen Films im Rhein-Neckar-Dreieck 2005, Kolkata 2006
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Atlas Intermedia Film + Medien/Weimar

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