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Polar Bear, The (Eisbaer, Der)

Polar Bear, The

Four heroes, one story. Young Nico has an important contract: she is supposed to drive non-stop with a live bomb in her car boot to the destination, park the car there and run for her life...Leo has carried out a contract that had, unfortunately, long been cancelled and has now become the target of his clients...and Fabian and Reza want to have lots of fun without any money... Nico stops briefly to get some cigarettes... That comes at just the right time for Fabian and Reza: they nick Nico's car and race off into the night. Nico is helpless: she will not survive this night if the car with the bomb doesn't reach its destination on time. When Nico and Leo meet at the world's ugliest place, in the pub "Pauls Eck", neither of them knows that they have the same problem, nor that they are about to fall madly in love with one another. Nico is pursued by her accomplices because they think she is a traitor...Leo is being hunted by his clients...Fabian and Reza are lumbered with the police...and all the strands come together in front of "Pauls Eck"

Til Schweiger was born in 1963 in Freiburg. An acting, directing, writing and producing multi-talent, he is one of Germany's most popular actors and most successful filmmakers today. Schweiger's films as an actor include some of the most successful German and international films of recent years: INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, PHANTOM PAIN, MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE, and T(R)AUMSCHIFF SURPRISE - PERIODE 1. His films as a director are BAREFOOT, RABBIT WITHOUT EARS 1 and 2, 1 1/2 RITTER, KOKOWÄÄH, GUARDIAN ANGEL, and HEAD FULL OF HONEY. CLASS REUNION is his latest film as a director, writer, producer as well as lead actor.

Granz Henman studied Creative Writing and English Literature at New York University (NYU) and Trinity College in Dublin. He received the Gregory Peck Scholarship from NYU and the University College of Dublin to participate in a Scriptwriting seminar in Ireland. In 1994, he completed an internship in the advertising department of Universal Pictures, followed by work as a production assistant on Christine Vachon and Gus Van Sant\'s Kids. In 1995, he began writing screenplays for such films as A Dublin Fairy Tale, Venus Bound, and Marc Rothemund\'s Ants in the Pants (Harte Jungs, 1999). He had his directorial debut with the short Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife in 1997, followed by The Polar Bear (Der Eisbaer, 1998) in co-direction with Til Schweiger, and More Ants In The Pants (Knallharte Jungs, 2001).
Category Feature
Directors Til Schweiger, Granz Henman
Screenplay Granz Henman
Cinematography Greg Littlewood
Alexander Berner
Klaus Badelt, Henning Lohner
Cast Florian Lukas, Benno Fürmann, Til Schweiger, Karina Krawczyk
Producer Vesna Jovanoska
Production Company ena Film/Cologne
Length 90 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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