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Scene from “Heimweh” (photo © Anna Magdalena Wolf)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2010

“I’m going for a short swim, then I’ll make breakfast...”

Hannelore (65) has been taking care of her husband Klaus (69), who suffers from dementia, for many years. It’s a burden of care that is now threatening to overwhelm her. When their neighbor Guenther (65) suddenly goes on a trip, Hannelore decides to follow him – leaving her husband alone at home. Guenther has just lost his partner to cancer and is off to his holiday cottage on the coast, where he plans to take his own life.

“More than two million people in Germany need full-time care,” says director Andreas Kannengiesser, “and the majority are looked after at home. Nico Woche’s script takes this difficult subject and narrates the story of Hannelore’s escape with a great many different tones. The film is calm, situational, has little dialogue. It is under-cooled rather than warm-hearted.”

Heimweh, which German-speakers will recognize as the word for homesickness, is the fourth collaboration between Kannengiesser and cameraman Stephan Fallucchi.

Previously the pair worked on Planet Carlos, a feature length docu-drama set in Nicaragua (where Kannengiesser and his young family lived for eight months), which had its world premiere at the Hamburg International Film Festival 2008, was selected for the Official Section and had its international premiere at the 2008 Tokyo International Film Festival (Official Selection and was nominated for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix) and played most recently at the Romero Filmtage 2009, again in Hamburg. Planet Carlos also won the Second Audience Award in Bergamo 2009.

Producer Anna Wendt established her company, Anna Wendt Filmproduktion, in 2006, specializing in feature films as well as documentaries. Via the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg she has produced the feature film Must Love Death (working title: The Less Alive), short films for cinema and television, internet virals and television commercials. She is equally at home working and developing projects with film school students and graduates as well as already established individuals.

Genre Melodrama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Andreas Kannengießer
Screenplay Nico Woche
Cinematography Stephan Fallucchi
Mirja Gerle
Martin Spange
Barbara Falkner, Adnán Hernández Salazar
Cast Eugen Krößner, Hermann Beyer, Dieter Mann, Renate Krößner, Nadine Pasta
Producer Anna Wendt
Production Company Anna Wendt Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Format Super 16
Shooting Dates Berlin, Ruegen September – October 2009
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Landesfoerderinstitut Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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