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Director Hermine Huntgeburth with actresses Anna Fischer & Alice Dwyer (photo © Colonia Media/Thomas Kost)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2007

Germans make great event movies! In their well-established tradition of taking a great story that has depth as well as length, and transferring it, with all its layers, complexities and interweaving strands, to the big (or, in this case small) screen, it's now the turn of Teufelsbraten.

Based on the classic novel by Ulla Hahn, Teufelsbraten is the painful yet powerful emancipation story of a working class girl in the 1950s. In three epochs, it tells of Hildegard, a woman who grew up in the most limited and poverty stricken circumstances. Socially outcast and raised in an atmosphere of religious bigotry, she was fortunate to be supported by dedicated teachers. Driven by her great passion for literature, she successfully fought her way to achieving her own independence.

Director Hermine Huntgeburth belongs in the front rank of contemporary German directors. A specialist in character-driven films, her credits include Romeo (2000), which won the Adolf Grimme Award, Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and the box office smash hit The White Masai (2005).

Teufelsbraten is the story of a woman,” says director Huntgeburth, “but this is so much more than just a woman’s film. It’s a powerful and moving piece about determination and drive, the human spirit and the will to succeed.”

The cast reads like a wish list of top German character actors. Anna Fischer is an up-and-coming teenager (Keep an eye on this one!), Ulrich Noethen moves from comedy to drama like the seasoned pro he is and has regularly worked with Huntgeburth in the past (His portrayal of Himmler in Downfall still chills the marrow) and Corinna Harfouch’s many credits include, most recently, Elementary Particles and the smash hit Perfume.

Colonia Media is a production company that prefers to let its work do the talking. But safe to say, they specialize in high quality dramas, event movies and series for German public broadcasters, as well as children’s films, all for a discerning audience.

Genre Literature, Drama

Year of Production 2007
Director Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay Volker Einrauch
Cinematography Sebastian Edschmid
Eva Schnare
Bettina Schmidt
Cast Anna Fischer, Nina Siebertz, Charlotte Steinhauer, Ulrich Noethen, Peter Franke, Barbara Nüsse, Margarita Broich, Corinna Harfouch, Ludger Pistor, Heinrich Pachl, Josef Quadflieg, Lucas Gregorowicz, Alice Dwyer, Annette Frier, Harald Schmidt, Maria Schwarz
Producer Günter Rohrbach
Production Company Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with WDR, ARTE, NDR/Hamburg
Format 16 mm, color
Shooting Dates Cologne & surroundings, Duisburg, Wuppertal-Velbert, October - December 2006
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Monte Carlo 2008
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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