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Man Next Door, The (Mann von nebenan, Der)

Man Next Door, The

Kate Moor and her son move away from the city, out into the country to make a new start of things. The former athlete left her husband and built up an existence for herself making wooden flutes. Her new neighbors are the at first very helpful pensioner Willi and his mysterious wife Gudrun, the strange Malise and her son Simon, the pretty, young Rita, who has a somewhat bizarre past, and the single Inge, who lives with her deranged father. Kate learns about all these circumstances because the rest of the community forms a pact against the menacing Willi. Kate becomes the main victim of his voyeurism, his advances and the life-
threatening situations he brings her and her son into. Then Inge's father is found dead at a construction site. Finally the rest of the group win over Kate's support and together work out a plot to bring Willi's bullying to an end.


Dror Zahavi was born in 1959 in Tel Aviv. In 1982 he moved to the GDR and studied at the Film and Television Academy “Konrad Wolf” (now Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF). His graduation film ALEXANDER PENN – I WANT TO BE IN EVERYTHING was nominated for the Student Oscar in 1988. After graduation, he worked as a film critic in Israel and returned to Berlin in 1991. In addition to numerous television movies, his theatrical features include the award-winning EVERYTHING FOR MY FATHER (2008) and CRESCENDO #MAKEMUSICNOTWAR (2019).
Genre Comedy
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 2001
Director Dror Zahavi
Screenplay Peter Probst
Cinematography Martin Kukula
Fritz Busse
Paul Vincent Gunia, Oliver Gunia
Andrea Douglas
Cast Axel Milberg, Lisa Martinek, Andrea Sawatzki, Barbara Magdalena Ahren, Eva Hassmann, Stephan Kampwirth, Clemens Jakubetz
Producer Sven Burgemeister
Production Company TV60 Film/Munich, in cooperation with SAT.1/Berlin
Length 93 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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