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Paradise is a Trap (Paradies ist eine Falle, Das)

Paradise is a Trap

Erik Prohaska is unemployed. But he can sing, play the guitar and move people's hearts. His younger brother Bruno, the disappointed trade-unionist Rudi and the cunning ex-pimp Goldi know this too. Each of them wants to use Erik for his own cause. As the manager of "Dr. Vox", Bruno gets wind of big show business, Rudi wants to wake up the sleepy trade union leaders at last with Erik's songs, and Goldi just wants to get hold of some cash. And what does Erik want: feelings. That's why he makes music.
When Bruno ends up behind bars, Rudi and Goldi sense their big chance. They start up Erik's benefit tour "Freedom for my brother" - for after all, poor Bruno must be saved from jail - for fifty thousand bail! Rudi drives, cleans, washes and goes around with his collecting bag, Goldi pulls the business strings, and Erik has to sell his musical soul.
Then Wanja appears and Eric finds love after all ...

Manfred Stelzer was born in Augsburg in 1944. After training as a chemical laboratory technician, he moved to Berlin in 1966. His first contacts to the film world came through the student movement of 1968. In 1971, he began to study at the Academy of Film and Television in Berlin. Here he made his first documentary works, some together with Reiner Maerz and Susanne Beierlein. These included Der Monarch, for which he received the German Film Prize in 1979. He continued to make documentary works as well as feature films well into the 80s. However, since 1986 he has worked only in the fictional field for both cinema and television. His feature films include: Perle der Karibik (1980); Schwarzfahrer (1982); Die Chinesen (1986); Himmelsheim (1988) and Superstau (1990). He has also directed several episodes of the TV series Polizeiruf 110.
Category Feature
Director Manfred Stelzer
Screenplay Manfred Stelzer, Gert C. Moebius
Cinematography Michael Wiesweg
Bernd Schriever
Lutz Kerschowski
Cast Florian Lukas, Inga Busch, Christian Berkel, Armin Rohde
Producer Christoph Benkelmann
Production Company Studio Hamburg Serienwerft /Hamburg, in association with NDR/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hof 99

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