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Nightsongs (Nacht singt ihre Lieder, Die)

Frank Giering, Anne Ratte-Polle (photo © Pantera Film)

A young couple in Berlin’s "Mitte" district. He's lying on the sofa, reading. She can't stand it anymore. In the afternoon the parents come to see the baby. She goes out in the evening. The young man waits desperately. She comes back - but not alone.

Romuald Karmakar was born in 1965. He has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1985 and shot a series of short films and documentaries. In 1995 he directed his first fiction feature film The Deathmaker (Der Totmacher), which received numerous awards, among them the Silver Lion in Venice for Best Actor, three German Film Awards in Gold in 1996, and was the German entry for the OSCAR for Best Foreign Language Film in 1997. His other films include: Eine Freundschaft in Deutschland (1985), Coup de Boule (1987), Gallodrome (1988), Dogs of Velvet and Steel (Hunde aus Samt und Stahl, 1989), Demontage IX, Unternehmen Stahlglocke (1991), Warheads (1989-1992), The Tyrant of Torino (Der Tyrann von Turin, 1994), Infight (1994), Frankfurt Millennium (Das Frankfurter Kreuz, 1997), Manila (2000) - which won the Silver Leopard at Locarno in 2000, The Himmler Project (2000), 196 BPM (2002), Nightsongs (Die Nacht singt ihre Lieder, 2003), based on the drama by Jon Fosse, and Land of Annihilation (Land der Vernichtung, documentary, 2003).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Romuald Karmakar
Screenplay Marin Rosefeldt, Romuald Karmakar
Cinematography Fred Schuler (A.S.C.)
Patricia Rommel
Heidi Luedi
Cast Anne Ratte-Polle, Marthe Keller, Sebastian Schipper, Frank Giering, Manfred Zapatka
Producer Romuald Karmakar
Production Company Pantera Film/Berlin, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, ZDF, ARTE
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2004 (In Competition), Natfilmfest Copenhagen 2004, Buenos Aires 2004, Denver 2004, Pusan 2004, Goteborg 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, BKM
German Distributor Prokino Filmverleih/Munich

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