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Maxi Schafroth, Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Max von Thun (photo © gff-sued/Meike Birck)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2010

Filmmaker Marcus H. Rosenmüller had scarcely finished shooting the culture clash comedy Orange than he was back in the director’s chair from mid-September for his next feature film Der Sommer der Gaukler (working title). The film’s producer Hans W. Geißendörfer, who is one of the co-producers of this year’s Golden Palm-winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, had originally been approached by Robert Hültner with a screenplay based on his historical novel of the same name about Emmanuel Schikaneder. The theater impressario later became known as the librettist of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. “When we started thinking of who might be right to direct, ‘Rosi’ was the first on our list.” Geißendörfer recalls. “Once he had read the screenplay, he didn’t need much persuading to accept the offer because he could see the comic potential of the story.” The film’s story is set in the summer of 1780: Schikaneder’s theater troupe is on its way to Salzburg when it gets held up in a small mountain village on the Austrian border due to a missing performance permit. Meanwhile, a dispute is escalating in this village between the mine owner Paccoli and the rebelling mine workers. The situation immediately inspires Schikaneder with the idea for a new play – but, before long, not only the mineworkers, but also Schikaneder’s actors have taken to the picket line since their boss seems to care more about spending time with high society than his actors. A hastily put together open-air performance by the troupe then leads to major disruption. The cast includes Max von Thun (one of the leads in Geißendörfer’s most recently completed feature In der Welt habt ihr Angst), Lisa Maria Potthoff (who appeared in Klaus Wirbitzky’s Der Himmel hat vier Ecken earlier this year), live performer/filmmaker Maxi Schafroth, and Anna Maria Sturm (who previously worked with Rosenmüller on Beste Gegend and Beste Zeit). Shooting on the 3.5 million Euros project began with five days on location in South Tyrol with support from the newly created economic development agency Business Location Südtirol – Alto Adige (BLS) in Bozen. The production then moved for the bulk of its shoot to the Museumsdorf Bayerischer Wald in Tittling where production designer Josef Sanktjohanser had several additional sets constructed to join existing buildings in the open-air museum to recreate a village setting in autumn 1780. The production team will then cross over the border into the Czech Republic to travel to the historical town of Cesky Krumlov where the film’s opening scene from a performance of Agnes Bernauer will be shot in the Castle’s baroque theater, which is said to be the most completely preserved of its kind in the world. Post-production will be undertaken at ARRI in Munich, and Movienet – who released Rosenmüller’s first feature film Grave Decisions – will also distribute Der Sommer der Gaukler in Germany. MB
Genre Comedy

Year of Production 2010
Director Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Screenplay Klaus Wolfertstetter, Robert Hültner
Cinematography Stefan Biebl
Georg Söring
Josef Sanktjohanser
Cast Maxi Schafroth, Erwin Steinhauer, Michael Kranz, Anna-Maria Sturm, Nicholas Ofczarek, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Max von Thun
Producers Ernst Geyer, Hans W. Geißendörfer
Production Companies GFF, Munich, Moviepool/Munich, in co-production with BR, ORF/Vienna
Format 35 mm, color
Shooting Dates Vinschgau (South Tyrol), Tittling (Bavarian Forest), Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), September – November 2010
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Business Location Südtirol - Alto Adige (BLS)
German Distributor Movienet Film/Munich

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