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Quiet Love, A (blaue Grenze, Die)

Quiet Love, A
Scene from "A Quiet Love" (photo © Discofilm 2005)

Schleswig-Holstein. Surrounded by the sea. The broad landscape is liberating, but at the same time, also constricting.

Twenty-year-old Momme Bief’s father has just died, so Momme has to travel to the Danish border to tell his grandfather. Since Momme hasn’t come to terms with the death himself, he is soon entangled in a web of lies. Then his father’s ghost appears in several dreams, wanting to put the past to rights, just as Momme has met the love of his life. And the sea separates the two lovers.

But Grandad still hasn’t gotten over the death of his wife and now his son is gone too. Confused and alone, he takes off for Denmark and sets up a tent on the beach. It’s not until he meets a young girl that he rediscovers life is for the living. He then sets off to bid his final farewell to the dead.

And then there’s the half-Danish police officer, Poulsen. When full-Danish police officers arrive in town, on royal business no less, he is chomping at the bit to be assigned to the case. But when it goes to his subordinate, he decides to do some private detective work ... and meets the love of his life. If only it wasn’t for a certain dark secret...
Genre Love Story, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Till Franzen
Screenplay Till Franzen
Cinematography Manuel Mack
Till Franzen, Sebastian Schultz
Enis Rotthoff
Birgit Esser
Cast Antoine Monot Jr., Hanna Schygulla, Dominique Horwitz, Beate Karoline Bille
Producers Arne Ludwig, Felix Blum, Holger Hage
Production Company Discofilm/Cologne, in cooperation with NDR, ARTE
Runtime 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Language
 German/Danish
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Copenhagen 2005, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2005, Warsaw 2005, Cracow 2005, Seville 2005, Braunschweig 2005, Cairo 2005, Zurich 2005, Bratislava 2005, Hamburg 2005, Nordic Film Days Luebeck 2005, Seagate 2005, Fantasporto 2006 (In Competition), Philadelphia 2006, New York Anthology Film Nights 2006, Calcutta 2006, Fantastic Fest Houston 2006, Kolkata 2006
Awards Audience Award Ludwigsburg 2005, Special Jury Mention Oldenburg 2005, Best Cinematography & Film Critics' Award Fantasporto 2006, Silver Méliès (Best European Feature) Lund 2006, Best Cinematography Houston 2006
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, MSH
German Distributor Jetfilm Verleih/Berlin

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