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Off Season (Nach Saison)

Off Season

Mostar, summer 1994. Two civil wars in three years have destroyed the town and torn it apart. At first the Croats and Muslims defended it against the Serbs, and then the Croats were shooting at the Muslims. Now the Western part is Croatian and the Muslims are living in an enclave in the Eastern half. Between them is an invisible wall with a border crossing that the people call Checkpoint Charly. The peace at the border is deceptive, the peace is fragile and only possible thanks to international pressure. The German Social Democrat Hans Koschnick was appointed as an administrator for the town by the European Union. He was given the task of supervising the reconstruction of the destroyed community during a period of two years. Koschnick is accompanied during this time by Mirjam Quinte and Pepe Danquart. They report of the attempt to revive a town. While the rubble is cleared, the ethnic cleansing continues in the town's various quarters and Mostar's division is reinforced. Postwar time is prewar time.


Mirjam Quinte studied Communications from 1972. Apart from her films with Danquart, she has directed Die Bankrotterklaerung (1983), Geisterfahrer - eine utopische Kolportage (1986), and \"...und andere Erguesse\" (1991).

Pepe Danquart was born in 1955 and studied Communications from 1975-1981. He received an Academy Award® in 1994 for his widely acclaimed short BLACK RIDER (SCHWARZFAHRER, 1993). Together with Mirjam Quinte, he co-directed PASST BLOSS AUF ... (1980) and OFF SEASON (NACH SAISON, 1996). His other films include: DAEDALUS (1991), a segment of DAS 7. JAHR - ANSICHTEN ZUR LAGE DER NATION (1997), PLAYBOYS (1998), HEIMSPIEL (2000) which won him the German Film Award in Gold for Best Director in 2000, MÖRDERINNEN (2001), SEMANA SANTA (2002), HELL ON WHEELS (HÖLLENTOUR, 2004, in co-direction with Werner Swiss Schweizer), C(R)OOK (BASTA. ROTWEIN ODER TOT SEIN, 2004), TO THE LIMIT (AM LIMIT, 2007), and RUN BOY RUN (LAUF JUNGE LAUF, 2013), among others.
Category Documentary
Directors Mirjam Quinte, Pepe Danquart
Screenplay Mirjam Quinte, Pepe Danquart
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Simone Braeuer
Michel Seigner
Cast Hans Koschnick
Producer Mirjam Quinte
Production Company Quinte Film/Freiburg, in co-production with ARTE, Goethe-Institut/Munich, Blueberry Films/Berlin
Length 127 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German/English/Bosnian
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 97: Forum, Karlovy Vary 97: in competition, Minsk 97: in competition, Montréal 97
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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