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SOURCES OF LIFE (QUELLEN DES LEBENS, DIE)

SOURCES OF LIFE
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Germany 1949: Veteran soldier Erich feels like a stranger after his return to his homeland, which in the meantime has become a new Federal Republic. Through Erich and his children’s and grandchildren’s generations, we experience the milestones in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany: his wife has a lover, in order to promote the “economic miracle” a garden gnome factory is built, his son becomes a poet, but it’s his son’s wife who is far more talented, and his grandson, strengthened by the Group 47 and free love, is surprisingly capable of finding the only one, true love and becomes a cheerful and good person in a country of narcissists, petty bourgeoisie, and former Nazis. And even Erich is moved, despite his frustration, to acts of greatness.


Oskar Roehler started his career as a screenwriter for various cinema films and directed his first feature, GENTLEMAN, in 1995. His film NO PLACE TO GO (2000), a very personal and sensitively told portrait of his mother, was Roehler’s breakthrough and received the German Film Award in Gold. His other award-winning films include: ANGST (2003) which premiered in the competition at the Berlinale in 2003, AGNES AND HIS BROTHERS (2004) which screened at the Venice Film Festival, as well as his film adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel ATOMISED (2006). JUD SÜSS - FILM OHNE GEWISSEN (2010) which also played in competition at the Berlinale was one of his most polarizing films. After SOURCES OF LIFE (2012) which premiered in Karlovy Vary in competition, OUTMASTERED is his latest film.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Oskar Roehler
Screenplay Oskar Roehler
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Cast Jürgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Meret Becker, Lavinia Wilson, Kostja Ullmann
Producer Stefan Arndt
Co-Producer Michael Süss
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with Süss Film/Starnberg, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR/Hamburg, ARD Degeto
Length 178 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2013 (In Competition), Festival do Rio 2013, Kyiv Molodist 2013 , Black Nights Tallinn 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, in cooperation with RBB
German Distributor X Verleih

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