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Talk of the Town (Stadtgespraech)

Talk of the Town

Monika is an "agony aunt" on her radio show, but isn't actually married herself. Her mother already considers her a biological time bomb and brother René says that she's the town's most famous nun!. On her 30th birthday, Monika is finally persuaded by her brother René to insert a lonely hearts ad. After all, that's how he came to meet his boyfriend Karl. And a real dream of a man actually does appear: Erik. True to the motto "fit for love", Monika does something for her figure. This is how she gets to know Sabine and they become friends. Natur-ally, Sabine invites Monika round to her place and introduces her to her dream man: Erik - now a respectable husband and father of two. When Sabine finds out that her husband is having an affair, she moves out with the two children to best friend Monika - little knowing that Monika is the very reason she has had to move. Monika tries to break up with Erik. - And René wants to break up with Karl because he has fallen in love with the man of his dreams - with Erik! In the end, all of those involved in the amorous chaos call up Monika on her show. It becomes the talk of the town.

Rainer Kaufmann was born in Frankfurt in 1959 and graduated from the Academy of Television & Film in Munich in 1990. During his studies he made several award-winning shorts, including The Most Beautiful Breasts in the World (Der schoenste Busen der Welt, 1990). His first feature-length TV film, Dann eben mit Gewalt (1992), won numerous European awards. A selection of his other films includes: Einer meiner aeltesten Freunde (TV, 1993), Der Unschuldsengel (TV, 1994), Talk of the Town (Stadtgespraech, 1995), Greenhorn (TV, 1995), The Pharmacist (Die Apothekerin, 1997), Long Hello and Short Goodbye (1998), Cold is the Evening Breeze (Kalt ist der Abendhauch, 1999), Ausflug (2001), Und die Braut wusste von nichts (TV, 2002), Queen of Cherries (Die Kirschenkoenigin, 2004), Maria\'s Last Journey (Maria\'s letzte Reise, TV, 2005), and Runaway Horse (Ein fliehendes Pferd, 2007).
Category Feature
Director Rainer Kaufmann
Screenplay Ben Taylor
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Ursula Mai
Stefan Traub
Cast Kai Wiesinger, Martina Gedeck, August Zirner, Moritz Bleibtreu, Katja Riemann
Producer Henrik Meyer
Production Company Studio Hamburg/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 1995, Montreal 1995
Awards Hypo Award Munich 1995
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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