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Four Windows (Vier Fenster)

Four Windows
Scene from "Vier Fenster" (photo © schlicht und ergreifend)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2005

Vier Fenster tells the story of a family in Berlin. Each member narrates in their own particular way, giving the audience a view into his or her life, a view through his or her own “window.” The result is a unique portrait of a family threatening to fall apart in its everyday search for life, love, affection and recognition; the inability to communicate, the rage and longing are too great. Yet at the end, the audience is still left with hope and the feeling that one is not alone.

“A filmic experiment about the everyday experiment we call life,” says writer-director and Munich film school student Christian Moris Mueller, “Vier Fenster doesn’t follow the classic film dramaturgy. Instead, it uses documentary styles and methods to emphasize authenticity, seeking innovative ways to give the viewer a new, unhindered and intense perspective on the events.”

In front of veteran DoP and former Fassbinder-colleague Juergen Juerges’ camera are Margarita Broich (a member of the Berliner Ensemble theater group) and Thorsten Merten (Grill Point/Halbe Treppe) as the parents of Theresa Scholze (Der letzte Zeuge) and Frank Droese (alaska.de).

“I was attracted by Christian’s narrative style,” says producer Philipp Budweg. “The story is told four times, each time from a different perspective. Christian shows but doesn’t tell: the audience has to think. It’s daring to try something new. Each time it’s like a puzzle as the family becomes more familiar to us.”

“We needed a big city since the story is very concentrated and so much happens to the characters,” says Budweg. “It wouldn’t work in Munich. Christian knows Berlin and I have always wanted to work with Berlin pictures! I’ve met new people, made new contacts and discovered new possibilities. It’s worked wonderfully and I can imagine filming here again.”

Vier Fenster is Mueller’s directorial feature debut and the second feature by the Munich-based production company schlicht und ergreifend (which translates roughly as “simple and to the point”), their first film being the football fantasy comedy A Pass from the Back (Aus der Tiefe des Raumes, 2003) which won Budweg and his partner Johannes Schmid the Bavarian Film Award’s Young Producers’ Award 2005. The film was nominated for this year’s German Film Awards in the categories Best Costume (Steffi Bruhn) and Best Film Music (Gerd Baumann, Stefan Noelle and Alex Haas).

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Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Christian Moris Mueller
Screenplay Christian Moris Mueller
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Maja Stieghorst
Thomas Molt
Cast Margarita Broich, Thorsten Merten, Theresa Scholze, Frank Droese, This Maag, Alma Leiberg, Stephan Lewetz, Ole Puppe
Producer Philipp Budweg
Production Company Lieblingsfilm, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates Berlin, May – June 2005
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Perspective German Cinema), Schwerin 2006, Cinema Jove Valencia 2006, Milan 2006 (In Competition), Cinefest Hungary 2006 (In Competition), Vancouver 2006 (In Competition), Bogota 2006 (In Competition), Hof 2006, Sao Paulo 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, First Production Program (Bavarian Film Center)

Contact
Lieblingsfilm GmbH
Damenstiftstr. 7
80331 Munich/Germany
office@lieblingsfilm.biz
http://www.lieblingsfilm.biz