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ROOM 205
Scene from ROOM 205 (photo © Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion GmbH)

What happened in Room 205? Why has no one lived there for over a year? Katrin couldn’t care less: the 19-year-old student has landed a room in the dorm, and that means freedom! Freedom from home and her over-protective father. The semester is just beginning, and it’s time to make new friends, go to parties, have sex, and, of course, go to classes. Then, strange things happen in her room, and she begins to understand why no one wanted to move into Room 205 before her...
One night, she makes a horrifying discovery in the cellar: Christian, a young man she had slept with, is dead. And it’s only the first in a series of grisly “accidents” in which Katrin is involved. When she finds the video diary of her predecessor, Annika, she becomes convinced that Annika was murdered by a clique of students who are now accusing her of killing Christian. Katrin feels increasingly terrorized... Annika’s video messages seem to be the desperate cries of a tormented young woman. But are they really? Fearful of going mad and suffering the same fate as her predecessor, Katrin wants to clear up the mystery – even if it means confronting herself with terrifying truths about her fellow students, herself, and the former occupant of Room 205...

Master of murder, horror and suspense, director Rainer Matsutani delivers a classical psycho-thriller chock full of atmosphere, unexpected twists and good-looking victims. Jennifer Ulrich (THE WAVE, THE CLOUD) gives a stand-out performance as the traumatized heroine.

Rainer Matsutani was born in 1964 in Hockenheim. He worked as a freelance film critic from 1984-1987, receiving a scholarship for the Berlin Script Workshop in 1987. He then attended the University of Television & Film in Munich. In 1989, he founded the production company Engram Pictures, writing and shooting various commercials and shorts, including the cult thriller KLINIK DES GRAUENS (1992). For his debut feature OVER MY DEAD BODY (1995) he won the Bavarian Film Prize. His other films include: GEISTERSTUNDE - FAHRSTUHL INS JENSEIT (TV, 1997), 666 - TRAUE KEINEM, MIT DEM DU SCHLÄFST! (2002), DIE STIMMEN (TV, 2003), DAMALS WARST DU STILL (TV, 2005), DAS INFERNO - FLAMMEN ÜBER BERLIN (TV, 2007), GANGS (2009), and ROOM 205 (2011).
Genre Horror
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Rainer Matsutani
Screenplay Eckhard Vollmar
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Cast Jennifer Ulrich, Julia Dietze, Hans Uwe Bauer, André M. Hennicke
Producers Boris Schönfelder, Michael Kölmel
Production Company Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion, in co-production with Filmaufbau/Leipzig, ARRI Media, Medienkontor Movie/Berlin
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Board

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