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Scene from "Zeppelin!" (photo © Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion/Transit Film)

In order to finally bring to an end a story his father has kept hidden in a faded old notebook, Matthias Silcher researches the story of his grandfather Robert, who died in 1937 in Lakehurst as a crew member on the Hindenburg. His investigation leads him to the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen to one of Robert’s former colleagues, Karl Semmle. But the old man rejects Matthias and first wants to know why he is so curious before he breaks his silence.

The bizarre circumstances of Robert’s death and the lives of his surviving family members thereafter does not come to light until 2004 with the help of Karl Semmle, the only witness of the time who really knows what happened and what drove Robert to sacrifice his own life to save the airship industry – a decision that would go on to haunt the lives of three generations.

Gordian Maugg was born in 1966 in Heidelberg and studied Visual Communication (Feature & Documentary Film) in Kassel from 1987-1993. He founded his own production company in 1994 and won several prizes for his feature debut The Olympic Summer (Der Olympische Sommer, 1993), inclduing the German Film Award in Silver, 1993, the Jury's Grand Prix and CICAE Prize at the 1993 European First Film Festival in Angers as well as Best Full-Length Film and Jury Grand Prix at Kiev. His other films include: Gregor oder die zwei Seelen in der Brust des Zwillings unter besonderer Beruecksichtigung des Aszendenten Loewe (short, 1990), The Caucasian Night (Die kaukasische Nacht, 1996), Hans Warns – My 20th Century (Hans Warns – Mein 20. Jahrhundert, 2000), Ingredients for Dreams (Zutaten fuer Traeume, 2001), and Zeppelin! (2005).
Genre History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Gordian Maugg
Screenplay Gordian Maugg, Alexander Haeusser
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Monika Schindler
Ferdinand Foersch
Fritz Guenthner
Cast Olaf Rauschenbach, Alexander May, Agnieszka Piwowarska, Christoph Bach, Hendrik Massute
Producer Gordian Maugg
Production Company Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion/Heidelberg & Berlin, in co-production with Transit Film/Munich
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Cairo 2006
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Hessen Kultur, HR, Nordmedia, Kulturelle Filmstiftung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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