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On a superficial level, Damaskus is a weird, Bavarian character comedy with a mystical, psychological angle.

A small village in Eastern Bavaria and everything that goes with it - the unusual exception is the place's woman priest. She has the unusual gift of being able to look into people's souls. Terrible things are revealed to her: A farmer has raped his daughter, a minister pulls the wool over his voters' eyes, a bus-driver only thinks about his work and the bus - they all violate their own souls. The priest feels she has a mission to help. She encourages the sinners to show remorse and self-knowledge, but unintentionally drives them to suicide. A police detective who had been making investigations following the minister's death, is also getting into a psychological struggle with the woman priest. She has discovered his sore point: he cannot admit to himself that he is in love with a prostitute. When he is also about to take his own life, a strange shaman comes to his aid and saves him body and soul. The way is now free for love: the detective Mollack and the prostitute Anna find common ground.

Manfred Beierl was born in 1963 and studied Literature and Psychology in Munich and trained as an actor under Juergen Scheller and Eleonore von Hoogstraten. He has appeared on stage throughout Germany and abroad and has worked for television. His films include: Fauxpas (short, 1992), Das Unbehagen in der Kultur (short, 1993), Bunt ist Trumpf (documentary video, 1995), Die Untersuchung (video short, 1996) and Damaskus (1999).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Manfred Beierl
Screenplay Manfred Beierl, Robert Mayer, Johannes Straub
Cinematography Johannes Straub
Dieter Staiger
Clemens Wagner
Cast Bettina Kurzan, Christian Janda, Claudia Sauermann, Marianne Sägebrecht
Producer Robert Mayer
Production Company Robert Mayer Film & Videoproduktion, Munich
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2000
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Robert Mayer Film & Videoproduktion, Munich

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