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Scene from THE MAN WHO JUMPED CARS (photo © Volker Roloff)

The enigmatic Julian sets off in a black suit with an old rucksack on a pilgrimage by foot across Germany in an attempt to prevent his best friend’s father from dying of a heart attack. This unusual quest awakens in the people who meet him – above all Ju, a frustrated doctor, and Ruth, a young housewife – the desire to escape their everyday lives. They accompany him on his odyssey without knowing he has escaped from a mental hospital and that his last attempt to defy the laws of nature ended in tragedy.

Nick Baker-Monteys was born in Berlin in 1964. He gained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Stirling in Scotland and worked as a journalist for different London newspapers before moving to Berlin in 1990 shortly after the Wall came down. Since then he has worked in Germany as a writer, director and script consultant on films for cinema and television, and is a guest lecturer and tutor at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. His films include: PERFECT MOMENT (short, 2006), THE MAN WHO JUMPED CARS (2010), and THE FINAL JOURNEY (2017).
Genre Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Nick Baker-Monteys
Screenplay Nick Baker-Monteys
Cinematography Eeva Fleig
Dagmar Lichius
Fabian Roemer
K.D. Gruber
Cast Irene Rindje, Robert Schupp, Justus Carrière, Simon Licht, Robert Stadlober, Jessica Schwarz, Martin Feifel, Anna Schudt, Mark Waschke
Producers Andreas Born, Gloria Burkert, Sigi Kamml, Andreas Bareiss
Co-Producers Luigi Falorni, Fred Breinersdorfer
Production Companies ophir film/Berlin, BurkertBareiss Development/Munich
Length 105 min
Format color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Aubagne 2011
Awards SR ZDF Screenplay Award Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2011, Best Film & Bet Original Music Aubagne 2011, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Falcom Media Group/Berlin

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