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Scene from "Gaining Ground" (photo courtesy of Hamburg Media School)

Andrei has been living illegally in Germany for seven years. When the time comes for his son to start attending school, Andrei realizes that he cannot go on living this clandestine existence. Mischa's future is at stake.

Marc Brummund studied Psychology and Journalism in Hamburg from 1991-1996 and Documentary Filmmaking in Bolzano from 1996-1999 and has directed numerous award-winning commercials. From 2004-2006, he studied Directing at the Hamburg Media School. His films have won over 50 international awards and include: the shorts HOME (HEIM, 2005), OUTSIDE (DRAUSSEN, 2005), COW TIPPING (KÜHE SCHUBSEN, 2005), GAINING GROUND (LAND GEWINNEN, 2007), FISH & ONIONS (FISCH & ZWIEBELN, doc, 2011), episodes of the German television series THE 25TH HOUR and DER DICKE, and SANCTUARY (FREISTATT, 2015).
Genre Society, Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2007
Director Marc Brummund
Screenplay Fabian Wiemker
Cinematography Bettina Herzner
Magdolna Rokob, Ulf Albert
Carsten Rocker
Cast Jan Peter Heyne, Hedi Kriegeskotte, Andreas Schust, Olga Kolb, Radik Golovkov, Hannah Riederer
Producer Yildiz Özcan
Production Company Hamburg Media School/Hamburg
Length 20 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2007 (Generation/Kplus), Odense 2007, Divercine ICFF Montevideo 2007, Bergamo 2007, Taipei IFF Taiwan 2007, Hamburg 2007, European Short Film Biennale Ludwigsburg 2007, Movement Erfurt 2007, Golden Knight Moscow 2007, International Women's FF Dortmund 2007, Giffoni 2007, Molodist Kiev 2007, Tel Aviv 2008, Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival 2008, MedFilm Festival 2008, Kolkata 2008
Awards Special Mention & Special Prize for Best International Short German Kinderhilfswerk Berlin 2007, Studio Hamburg Upcoming Award (Best Director) 2007, Honorable Mention Dortmund 2007
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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