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Desperately trapped in a failing marriage, Helene Brindel finally loses all hope when she feels she has been abandoned by God as well. Reaching out, she sees the key to her liberation in the form of the celebrated psychologist Eduard E. Gluck. But the charismatic Gluck is having to fight demons of his own. Only when he and Helene encounter one another, these two apparently complete opposites find themselves drawn irresistibly together. Hesitantly at first, the one moves closer to the other – and both give themselves over to a world in which love is likewise a test and a promise that leads to a blissful future.

Sven Taddicken was born in 1974 in Hamburg and studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg from 1996-2002. For his short film COUNTING SHEEP (1999), he was nominated for the Student Academy Awards®. His feature debut GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001) premiered in the Official Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it also received the FIPRESCI Critics' Award. His second feature EMMA’S BLISS (2006) premiered in the Zabaltegi Competition of the San Sebastian IFF and won numerous international awards including Best Screenplay (Hamptons IFF, 2006) and an Audience Award (Sevilla IFF, 2006). His third feature 12 PACES WITHOUT A HEAD (2009) about the legendary German high-sea pirate Klaus Störtebeker was released by Warner Bros. Germany and premiered at the Shanghai IFF (2010). ORIGINAL BLISS (2016) is his 4th feature film as a director.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Sven Taddicken
Screenplay Sven Taddicken, Stefanie Veith, Hendrik Hölzemann
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Cast Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch
Producers Manuel Bickenbach, Alexander Bickenbach
Co-Producers Marc Gabizon, David Kehrl, Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner
Production Company Frisbeefilms, in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion, Senator Film Köln/Cologne, Sky Deutschland
Length 102 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2016, Karlovy Vary 2016 (In Competition), Busan 2016, Zurich 2016, Film by the Sea 2016, Hamptons 2016, Haifa 2016, Thessaloniki 2016, Tallinn Black Nights 2016, Göteborg 2017, Ankara 2017, Cluj-Napoca 2017, Seattle 2017
Awards FIPRESCI Award & Europa Cinemas Label Award Karlovy Vary 2016, Dioraphte Film & Literature Award Film by the Sea 2016
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany

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