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Lumber Kings (Koenige der Nutzholzgewinnung, Die)

Lumber Kings
Scene from "Lumber Kings" (photo © Mario Pfeifer)

In the comedy Lumber Kings, the lovely and charismatic loser Krischan comes back to his working class village Tanne, planning to hold a lumber jack competition there. He manages not only to overcome the massive resistance of his old friends Ronnie and Bert, but also transforms the whole village, saving it from a state of stagnancy and resignation.

Matthias Keilich was born in 1965 in Calw/Baden-Wuerttemberg. After his schooling, he worked as a sculptor in Stuttgart and Freiburg. In 1993, he enrolled in the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin where he studied Scriptwriting and Direction. During his studies, he made such films as Wer aussteigt hat verloren (1996), Tod in New York (1996) and Zu (1998), some of which were co-produced by the television broadcasters SAT.1, SFB, 3sat and ZDF. Neither Fish, Nor Fowl (Nicht Fisch, nicht Fleisch, 2001) was his first feature-length film as well as his graduation film from the dffb, followed by Lumber Kings (Die Koenige der Nutzholzgewinnung, 2006).
Genre Comedy, Society
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Matthias Keilich
Screenplay Matthias Keilich, Khyana el Bitar
Cinematography Henning Stirner
Gergana Voigt
Neil Filby
Petra Albert
Cast Bjarne Mädel, Frank Auerbach, Steven Merting, Barbara Philipp, Christina Große, Peter Sodann
Producer Nicole Gerhards
Production Company Nikovantastic Film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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