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Holgi

Holgi

Holgi is an 11-year-old boy who lives with his lazy older brother, Max, on a dilapidated farm at the edge of the village. Max hates work and earns his living by sleeping with elderly ladies, who value his beautiful body. Their father is long gone and their mother 'went on a little journey'. Holgi, who is smart, but needs a bit of emotional attention, wants to preserve his life with Max. But Max falls in love with Rosa. Holgi feels threatened and isolated. He fights back. With sarcastic jokes in the beginning, to violence in the end. An attempt to kill Rosa goes wrong, it is Max who dies. In the process, both Rosa and Holgi destroy the very things they most desire: the place where they belong, their home and family. They blame each other and a fight, literally at knife point, ensues ...


Günther Knarr was born in Helmbrechts in 1955 and studied Theater and German at the Free University in Berlin. He attended the 4th Berlin Screenplay Workshop in 1990 and won the Marlboro Film Division's Film Prize for Writers for Die netten Moerder von nebenan. He has written the following screenplays (partly with co-author Philipp Weinges): Magic Mueller (dir: Thomas Bohn, 1993), Japanese Are Better Lovers (Japaner sind die besseren Liebhaber, dir: Philipp Weinges, 1994), Holgi (1998), Erkan & Stefan (1998), Nick Knatterton (1999), Sexmachines (1999), and Der Enkel des Paten (1999), Erkan & Stefan (2000) and Erkan & Stefan gegen die Maechte der Finsternis (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Günther Knarr
Screenplay Günther Knarr, Philipp Weinges
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Nana A. Meyer
Rainer J.G. Uhl
Cast Marco Girnth, Eva Herzig, Konstantin Prochorowski
Producer Eberhard Bommarius
Production Company Regular Films/Berlin, in co-production with Roxy Film/Munich
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2000
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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