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I'm the Father (Vaeter)

I'm the Father
Scene from "I'm the Father" (photo © X Verleih)

Marco and Melanie, a young married couple, are living a life of passion, chaos, and all the little frustrations of everyday existence. Their love for each other seems like a beacon on heavy seas. But career pressure, burned toast, and dirty laundry are eroding all tenderness, and they never seem to find enough time for their six-year-old son, Benny, either. Their world is about to fall apart when Melanie moves out, taking Benny with her. She files for divorce, and Marco makes a decision that is not only going to change his own life. In some peculiar way, he suddenly discovers his love of fatherhood ...

Dani Levy was born in 1957 in Basel/Switzerland. From 1977-1979, he was in the ensemble of the Basel Theater and was a member of Berlin's Rote Gruetze Theater from 1980-1983. His films include: Du mich auch (1986), RobbyKallePaul (1988), I Was On Mars (1991), Ohne Mich (1993, episode of omnibus film Neues Deutschland), Silent Night (Stille Nacht, 1996), The Giraffe (Meschugge, 1998), I'm the Father (Väter, 2002), Go for Zucker - An Unorthodox Comedy (Alles auf Zucker!, 2005), My Führer - The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler (Mein Führer, 2007), the segment Joshua in Germany 09, and Life Is Too Long (Das Leben ist zu lang, 2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Dani Levy
Screenplay Dani Levy, Rona Munro
Cinematography Carsten Thiele
Elena Bromund
Niki Reiser
Christian Eisele
Cast Christiane Paul, Ezra-Valentin Lenz, Maria Schrader, Sebastian Blomberg, Ulrich Noethen
Producer Manuela Stehr
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Munich 2002, Montreal 2002 (in competition), Thessaloniki 2002, Sarasota 2002, Gothenburg 2003, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003, Locarno 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, BKM
German Distributor X Verleih

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