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Oskar And Leni (Oskar und Leni)

Oskar And Leni

Oskar, who was an Olympic swimming champion in Munich in 1972, had made headlines for over fourteen years as the most wanted jewellery thief in Europe until he finally got a bullet in the head in 1987 during a robbery and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. After nine years he is released on parole due to diminished responsibility and good behaviour. In the underground, he comes across Leni, assembly line worker in a cake factory, occasional prostitute and cabaret artiste. They look into each other's eyes and that's it. While Leni does everything to see him again, Oskar escapes into the anonymity of the big city. But the power of love is too strong: Oskar and Leni's dreams interconnect: they come together and cannot leave each other alone. While Leni's quest becomes ever more desperate and hopeless, Oskar is gripped by the longing for love and doubts about his escape. By chance, he sees Leni again and now it's him who's following her...


Petra K. Wagner has worked as a scriptwriter and director for several short films and features since 1980. She realizes her projects with the production company Moonfilm, where she is a shareholding partner. In 1990, she made her first long film, Staub vor der Sonne, which was commissioned by ZDF's Das kleine Fernsehspiel; this was followed in 1992 by her second full-length feature, Blauer Mohn, also for ZDF. In 1998, she made the love story Oskar und Leni, which was screened at various international film festivals, received a Special Mention at the European Television Award Prix Europa, was nominated for the Adolf Grimme Award, and won the prize in the category Best Screenplay at Reims. Her work includes the short films Hungry Hearts (1995) and Sublights (2002), and the full-length feature Zoe’s Arkadas (2004). At present, she is in preparation for the fantasy film Wakantanka and Ein paar Tage mit Elvis.
Category Feature
Director Petra K. Wagner
Screenplay Petra K. Wagner
Cinematography Peter Polsak
Erik Stappenbeck
Simon Jeffes
Cast Christian Redl, Anna Thalbach, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Reiner Heise, Nadja Engel
Producers Erik Stappenbeck, Joerg Wagner
Production Company INDIGO-Film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin Prix Europa 98: Special Mention, Rotterdam 99, Goeteborg 99, Saarbruecken 99, Berlin 99: German Films
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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