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Home Truths (Datsche, Die)

Home Truths
Michael Kind, Catherine Flemming (photo © Equinox Film)

An East German married couple, Elke and Arnold, are attacked in their weekend cottage by two robbers, Asche and Big. It quickly becomes clear however, that there's nothing in the cottage worth stealing. Arnold and Elke become the helpless victims of the crooks' aggression. But then, unforeseen circumstances fuse attacker and victim together in a tragicomic union that explodes just as quickly as it came together.


Carsten Fiebeler was born in 1965 and studied Directing at the “Konrad Wolf” Academy of Television & Film in Babelsberg. His graduation film 14/1 endlos was awarded the Panther Prize & Camera Award at the Filmfest Munich in 1999. His short film Strassensperre won the Panorama Short Film Award at Berlin in 1998. In addition to various commercials, shorts and documentaries, he has also directed the TV movie Himmlische Helden (2001), and the features Home Truths (Die Datsche, 2002), and Kleinruppin Forever (2004).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Carsten Fiebeler
Screenplay Carsten Fiebeler, Ulv Jakobsen
Cinematography Erik Krambeck
Christian Nauheimer
Tarwater
Steffen Gnade
Cast Catherine Flemming, Michael Kind, Uwe Kockisch, Nils Nellessen
Producers Sabine Manthey, Bernhard Koellisch
Production Company Equinox Film/Leipzig, in co-production with Koppmedia/Berlin, in cooperation with MDR
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Montreal 2002, Hof 2002, Warsaw 2003
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Equinox Film/Leipzig

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