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Obsession

Obsession

A hot summer in Berlin. A time of transition, radical changes, new departures. And in the jungle of the city personal feelings are thrown into confusion. Three young people become caught up in a tangled web of relationships, captivated by a strange sense of fascination which gradually becomes - Obsession. Miriam is in her early twenties, a very musical character: she plays the organ in a band. Her dreams are of flying away, but what she really needs is some sort of calming influence over her chaotic relationship. She discovers that she has to reach her own decisions. Pierre is a scientist and a long-distance runner. He is engaged in medical research in a laboratory in Berlin and is a specialist on exploring the limits of endurance. John has come to Berlin to clear up a mystery in the family. He is looking for an old newsreel about a tight-rope performer who crossed Niagara Falls on a tight-rope in 1928. He has been unable to discover who the man is up to now because the only photograph he has is a shot of the man from behind. John is a stonemason by profession, and he has a Zimbabwean passport. When the police are about to deport him he goes into hiding.


Peter Sehr earned a degree in Physics and Chemistry in Zurich. After a year in South America, he pursued doctoral studies in Biophysics in Oxford from 1975-1979. During this period, he ran the University Film Society and made his first short films TO SHOOT A BICYCLE (1978) and A GROUP OF PEOPLE (1979). In 1980, he moved to Paris, where he spent two years as a research scientist at the Institut Curie. At the same time, he began to work as an assistant director. In 1982, he moved back to Germany and worked with various German and French directors. In 1988, he founded P'Artisan Filmproduktion with Marie Noëlle. His films include: UND NICHT EIN TOHUWABOHU (1987), SERBIAN GIRL (DAS SERBISCHE MÄDCHEN, 1991) , KASPAR HAUSER: CRIME AGAINST MAN'S SOUL (1993), OBSESSION (1997), LOVE THE HARD WAY (2001), THE ANARCHIST'S WIFE (DIE FRAU DES ANARCHISTEN, 2008), and LUDWIG II (2012, in co-direction with Marie Noëlle).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Peter Sehr
Screenplay Peter Sehr
Cinematography David Watkin
Heidi Handorf
Micki Meuser
Cast Heike Makatsch, Daniel Craig, Charles Berling
Producer Dagmar Rosenbauer
Production Company Multimedia/Berlin, in co-production with Hollywood Partners, Munich, High Speed, Paris
Length 115 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BMI
German Distributor TiMe Medienvertrieb/Munich