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Smile of the Monsterfish, The (Lächeln der Tiefseefische, Das)

Smile of the Monsterfish, The
Scene from "The Smile of the Monsterfish" (photo © Zieglerfilm Koeln/Rainer Bajo)

17-year-old Malte wants to leave his hometown of Ahlbeck, a vacation resort near the Polish border on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom. The sooner the better. But two things are holding him back: his father, an alcoholic, and the return of his sister with his nephew – all of them demanding his attention and help. And there’s Annika, a beautiful girl vacationing on the island, who Malte would like to devote his attention to...


Till Endemann was born in Hamburg in 1976. After a traineeship at the broadcaster NDR and the newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost, he took up studies at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg from 1997-2002. His films include: Im gruenen Bereich (short, 1998), Strandnaehe (1999), Die alten Maenner und das Meer (documentary, 2000), Salzfische (short, 2001), Rueckkehr in den Dschungel (2002), Moon Landing (Mondlandung, 2003), Spritztour (short, 2004), Vergissmeinnicht (short, 2004), The Smile of the Monsterfish (Das Laecheln der Tiefseefische, 2005), and Comets (Kometen, 2005).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Till Endemann
Screenplay Till Endemann
Cinematography Felix Cramer
Rebecca Khanide
Enis Rotthoff
Stefan Schoenberg
Cast Benjamin Meyer, Victoria Mayer, Peter Kurth, Adrian Topol, Alice Dwyer, Jacob Matschenz
Producers Thorsten Flassnoecker, Elke Ried
Production Company Zieglerfilm Koeln, in co-production with WDR, ARTE
Length 88 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005 (In Competition), Berlin 2005 (Perspectives German Cinema), Shanghai 2005
Awards Best Newcomer Actor Saarbruecken 2005
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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