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Rochade

It all begins with an ordinary business trip: Richard says goodbye to his wife, and flies off to another city, where his girlfriend is waiting for him. On arrival, he receives an invitation from his business colleagues. It looks like Richard will have to call off the rendezvous, but then he comes across a man named Udo who bears a striking resemblance to him. Richard talks Udo into changing roles, just for the evening. But his clever plan has unforeseen consequences...


Thorsten Schmidt was born in 1969 and soon discovered his passion for film whilst still at school. He began working for various TV stations and production companies from 1990 and started studying at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg in 1991. His short Waschbaer made such an impression on the cinematographer Michael Ballhaus that he made it available to a wider audience, while Schmidt's graduation film Rochade received the OSCAR for Best Foreign Student Film in 1998. Snow on New Years Eve (1999) was his feature directorial debut. Since then, he has made Ein Yeti zum Verlieben (TV, 2001) and Cuba Libre (2002).
Category Short
Year of Production 1998
Director Thorsten Schmidt
Screenplay Annette Mast
Cinematography Gunnar Fuß
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg