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Former East Germany in the early 1980s. Paul tricked Georg into handing over his girlfriend Anna to him. But the pact they made stipulated that Georg can have her back when he wishes. Years pass. Anna and Paul are successful, married, with two children. Then Georg appears – and he hasn’t forgotten the pact.

Toplined by a cast consisting of some of Germany’s leading screen stars, the psycho-thriller A PACT unfolds a dense web of deceit and suspense that threatens to swallow up all who come into contact with the mysterious figures at the heart of the plot. Masterminding this gritty, nail-biting thriller is director Denis Dercourt, who has been hailed as a specialist of suspense since his feature film THE PAGE TURNER, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, just as his feature DEMAIN DÈS L’AUBE at the 2009 festival.

Denis Dercourt was born in Paris in 1964. He spent part of his youth living with German relatives near Stuttgart. At university he studied Music, Politics and Philosophy. From 1988 to 1993 he was the first solo violist with the Orchestre Symphonique Francais. From 1993 to 2012 he was a professor at the Conservatoire in Strasbourg. He is bilingual and has lived with his family in Berlin since 2010. Dercourt came to international attention as a writer and director with the films DEMAIN DÈS L’AUBE and THE PAGE TURNER, both of which were featured in the official program of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2007, the latter film had a very successful run in German cinemas under the title DAS MÄDCHEN, DAS DIE SEITEN UMBLÄTTERT. A PACT (ZUM GEBURTSTAG) is his first German-language film.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Denis Dercourt
Screenplay Denis Dercourt
Cinematography Matteo Cocco
Cast Mark Waschke, Marie Bäumer, Sylvester Groth, Sophie Rois, Saskia Rosendahl, Johannes Zeiler
Producers Marcelo Busse, Markus Halberschmidt
Co-Producers Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Raphael Berdugo
Production Company Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion/Düsseldorf, in co-production with Mact Productions/Paris, Cité Films/Paris
Length 85 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Busan 2013, Chicago 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, CNC

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