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MARIA TO CALLAS (MARIA AN CALLAS)

MARIA TO CALLAS
Scene fromMARIA TO CALLAS (photo © Moonfilm 2006)

After the death of his beloved wife Maria, the successful product designer Jost discovers that she had been corresponding with an email friend. She did not admit to her illness in letters to this friend, but pretended that Jost’s life as a much-demanded designer was her own. Jost is in deep mourning and cannot bring himself to tell the email friend about his wife’s death. Instead, he continues the correspondence by adopting the role of his wife. When he falls in love with the unknown woman and sets out to find her, he realizes that she did not describe her life with complete honesty, either.

The "Ritz Palace" which Anni described as a luxury, cosmopolitan hotel at the coast is actually an isolated seaside inn, where Anni lives with her sister-in-law Jennie. Anni has an uncomplicated, purely sexual relationship with the married fishmonger Axel. Jost is not troubled by the fact that the "Ritz Palace" is really not the "Ritz Palace"; he still takes a room there. He is anxious to get to know this woman from the Internet...


Petra K. Wagner has worked as a scriptwriter and director for several short films and features since 1980. She realizes her projects with the production company Moonfilm, where she is a shareholding partner. In 1990, she made her first long film, Staub vor der Sonne, which was commissioned by ZDF's Das kleine Fernsehspiel; this was followed in 1992 by her second full-length feature, Blauer Mohn, also for ZDF. In 1998, she made the love story Oskar und Leni, which was screened at various international film festivals, received a Special Mention at the European Television Award Prix Europa, was nominated for the Adolf Grimme Award, and won the prize in the category Best Screenplay at Reims. Her work includes the short films Hungry Hearts (1995) and Sublights (2002), and the full-length feature Zoe’s Arkadas (2004). At present, she is in preparation for the fantasy film Wakantanka and Ein paar Tage mit Elvis.
Genre Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Petra K. Wagner
Screenplay Petra K. Wagner
Cinematography Peter Polsak
Erik Stappenbeck
Helmut Zerlett
Frauke Menzinger
Cast Esther Schweins, Inga Busch, Monica Bleibtreu, Eva Padberg, Claudia Michelsen, Goetz George, Anna Thalbach, Tayfun Bademsoy, Ingo Naujoks
Producers Joerg Wagner, Petra K. Wagner, Peter Polsak, Erik Stappenbeck
Production Company Moonfilm/Berlin, in co-production with BB Film/Cologne, NDR/Hamburg, Distant Dreams Filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Shanghai 2006, Montreal 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MSH Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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