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COUNCIL OF BIRDS, THE (ZERRUMPELT HERZ)

COUNCIL OF BIRDS, THE
photo © Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Roland Stuprich

In 1929, music teacher Paul Leinert receives an unexpected letter from his old friend Otto Schiffmann, a young and talented composer who has moved away from Berlin after a failed marriage. The letter is an invitation for Paul to come and visit Otto in his forest cabin – and to get to know his new work, a long-awaited symphony. Taking along his wife Anna as well as his colleague Willi, the three find the cabin, but Otto is nowhere to be seen. As they go looking for him the next day, Paul notices something odd about the song of the local birds...


Timm Kröger was born in 1985 in Itzehoe. He began his studies at the European Film College in Denmark, where he also spent a year as a teacher's assistant. Following an internship at ARRI Rental in Munich, he studied Documentary Film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Active as a writer, director and cinematographer, his films include: SHERIFF - VOM SCHWEINEHIRTEN ZUM SUPERSTAR (short doc, 2010), DAS LEICHT BEUNRUHIGENDE SCHAUKELN BEI DER FAHRT INS TAL (doc, 2011), and his graduation feature THE COUNCIL OF BIRDS (ZERRUMPELT HERZ, 2014).
Genre Adventure, Melodrama, History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Timm Kröger
Screenplay Timm Kröger, Roderick Warich
Cinematography Roland Stuprich
Cast Thorsten Wien, Eva Maria Jost, Daniel Krauss, Christian Blümel, Andreas Conrad, Theo Leutert
Producer Viktoria Stolpe
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Length 80 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Festivals Venice 2014 (Critics' Week), Reykjavik 2014, FEST Belgrade 2015, Hong Kong 2015, Havana 2016
Awards Best Director & Special Jury Mention FEST Belgrade 2015

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