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Four Stories, Five Deads (Vier Geschichten ueber 5 Tote)

Four Stories, Five Deads

The dead sit in heaven and look through long telescopes at life on earth and their own funerals. Wonderful little ceremonies recount the cremation of little Carla who is buried in a butterfly coffin in the open country, the stormy burial at sea from an old tug, the mourners' parade of tractors in a little village, and the farewell ceremony for the sprightly old lady Lilli Blau who decides on her birthday to take leave of this life. There is always something happening that ought not have. Not at a funeral! The film recounts life's little shortcomings with dry humor, tenderness and mischief.


Lars Büchel was born in 1966 in Ostholstein. He studied Theater and Philosophy at the Free University in Berlin and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Active in both writing and directing, his films include: Iglu der Kapitaen (1990), Triumph des Spiels (1991), Fritz & Erna (1992), Rosen luegen nicht (1993), Bilder fuer Deutschland (1993), 4 Geschichten ueber 5 Tote (1997), Now or Never (Jetzt oder nie, 2000), Peas at 5:30 (Erbsen auf halb sechs, 2004), Nichts_weiter_als (short, 2005) and Lippel\'s Dream (Lippels Traum, 2009).

Stefan Zimmermann
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Directors Lars Büchel, Stefan Zimmermann
Screenplay Lars Büchel
Cinematography Andreas Zickgraf
Betina Vogelsang
Max Koczy
Cast Hannes Thanheiser, Andreas Kunze, Anne Marks-Rocks, Horst Vernunft, Rainer Bock, Sibylle Brunner
Producers Lars Büchel, Michael Fincke
Production Company Buechel-Filmproduktion/Kiel, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
With backing from MSH Schleswig-Holstein, Landestreuhandstelle Niedersachsen, EU Bruessel, Kunsthochschule fuer Medien Koeln
German Distributor Silver Cine Filmverleih/Hamburg

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