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90 DEGREES NORTH (90 GRAD NORD)

90 DEGREES NORTH
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It's a fact of life: Good Germans wait at red traffic lights. But what if the red man simply will not appear? Taking place almost entirely on the most pernicious traffic island imaginable, 90 DEGREES NORTH is a humorous, fantastical parable offering an extreme take on the notion of following the rules of a civil society.

Drawn deep into the forest by blood-curdling screams, we follow the fate of Karl, a 30-something businessman and young father on his way to an important presentation. He soon finds himself trapped on an apparently inconspicuous traffic island, accompanied by Mr. Gruber, a stickler for traffic regulations and believer in superior systems. A bitter and unexpected fight for survival ensues. Will Karl manage to outwit this fiendish organism and escape?


Detsky Graffam has worked as a director and editor for the BBC, Channel 4, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. His short films have won several awards and prizes. In 2006 PEACE OF MIND won 1st Prize at the ITV Cobravision Awards. HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE RICHARD GERE received the Caroline’s Comedy Emerging Talent Award at the Hamptons, 2008. SLITHER won 2nd Prize at the Going Underground Film Festival Berlin in 2008. The short film DOWN UNDER won 1st place at the 20th Century Fox Sehnsucht Australian Awards. His short film MINISTRY OF GUILT is at present doing the festival circuit, while he is working on his feature film debut.
Genre Comedy
Category Short
Year of Production 2015
Director Detsky Graffam
Screenplay Detsky Graffam
Cinematography Hanno Moritz Kunow
Cast Carsten Clemens, Jürgen Haug, Stefan Dietrich, Ecco Mylla
Producer Marianne Graffam
Production Company K17 Films
Length 21 min
Format Blu-ray, DCP, DVD, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1, Stereo
Festivals Int. KurzFilmFestival Hamburg 2015, Palm Springs 2015, interfilm Berlin 2015, Leeds 2015, Montreal 2015, Short Shorts Asia Osaka 2015, Sleepwalkers 2015, Adelaide 2015, Berlin Short Film Festival 2015, Hollyshorts L.A. 2015, Kitzbühel 2015, Kaliningrad 2015, K3 Film Festival Villach 2015, Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2015, Dublin Int. Short Film & Music Festival 2015, In The Palace Bulgaria 2015, UK Film Festival 2015, Cork 2015, Budapest Short Film Festival 2015, Sydney Underground 2015, Landshuter Kurzfilm Festival 2016, Busan Int. Short Film Festival 2016, Ghent 2016, Sevilla 2016, Leuven 2016, Tampere 2017, Go Short Nijmegen 2017, Short Waves Poznan 2017, European FF Lecce 2017, Brussels Short Film Festival 2017, Curtas Vila do Conde 2017, Jerusalem 2017, Sarajevo 2017, Palic 2017, Drama 2017, Winterthur 2017, Encounters Bristol 2017
Awards European Film Award Nomination Cork 2015, Silver BuSho Budapest 2015, Honorable Mention Sydney Underground 2015, 1st Prize Short Film Slam Hamburg 2015, European Film Award Nominee Cork 2015, Best Fiction Flensburger Kurzfilmtage 2015, Audience Award Leuven 2016
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