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Jena Paradies

Jena Paradies
Scene from "Jena Paradies" (photo © Equinox Film)

Jena Paradies tells the enthralling story of the relationship between a young, single-mother and her dreamy, seven-year-old son.

25-year-old Jeanette Bauch lives alone with her son Louis. But their life is not idyllic: her duties as a mother and her work take up so much of her time, that she sometimes feels like she has been robbed of a life of her own.

One day she meets Philipp, who is just moving into the same building with his wife and daughter. Jeanette throws herself into a wild affair with Philipp. More and more, she neglects Louis, who then starts to go about his own way. When Philipp decides to go back to his family, Jeanette is destroyed.

Jena Paradies portraits the desires and problems of a young East German woman, who has to learn to come to terms with her life as a single-mom.


Marco Mittelstaedt was born in 1972 in Berlin. After studies in Photography, he worked as a projectionist and cinema programmer in Berlin and traveled throughout Europe as a photographer. From 1997-2004 he studied at the German Academy of Film & Television in Berlin and has served as a director\'s assistant on numerous television and film projects. His films include: Uferlos (short, 1997) which won the Panorama Short Film Award in Berlin, Ein Tag zurueck (short, 1998), his feature debut Jena Paradies (2004), and Down the River (Elbe, 2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Marco Mittelstaedt
Screenplay Karen Matting, Marco Mittelstaedt
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Christian Nauheimer
Lars Loehn
Thomas Fischer
Cast Stefanie Stappenbeck, Luca Di Michieli, Bruno F. Apitz, Hans Jochen Wagner
Producers Sabine Manthey, Bernhard Koellisch
Production Company Equinox Film/Leipzig, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 81 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2004
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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