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Half Hours (Halbe Stunden)

Half Hours
Scene from "Half Hours" (photo © dffb/Jost Hering Filme)

Melanie Straub lives aimlessly into the day, or more accurately: into a Saturday. She's alone at home, surrounded by the emptiness of her new life.


Nicolas Wackerbarth was born in 1973 in Munich. He studied acting at the Bavarian Theater Academy in Munich. After his first roles at the Frankfurt Theater, he became a permanent member at the theater Städtische Bühnen in Cologne. Afterwards, he studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. He also teaches at several German film academies, curates film programs and film talks and is co-editor of the film magazine Revolver. He lives as director and writer in Berlin. A selection of his films includes: ANFÄNGER (2004), WESTERNSTADT (doc, 2005), HALF HOURS (short, 2007), UNTEN MITTE KINN (2011), EVERYDAY OBJECTS (2013), and CASTING (2017).
Category Short
Year of Production 2007
Director Nicolas Wackerbarth
Screenplay Nicolas Wackerbarth
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Janina Herrhofer
Anton Webern-Passacaglia
Eric Segoll
Cast Cristin Koenig, Joanna Czerwìnska, Abel vom Acker
Producers Jost Hering, Hartmut Bitomsky
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), in co-production with Jost Hering Filme/Berlin
Length 20 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 2007 (Cinéfondation), Oberhausen 2007 (In Competition)
With backing from German Federal Film Board

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