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Scene from CRACKS IN THE SHELL (photo © teamWorx Television & Film GmbH/Jakob Reinhardt)

"You're invisible!" Can there be a worse judgment for an actress? Young Josephine definitely lacks self-confidence, but when renowned director Kaspar Friedmann appears at the acting school and casts her for her first main role, nobody understands his motivation, least of all Josephine herself. The character to play is "Camille", quite different to herself, but Josephine wants to come as close as possible. As Camille, she awakens to her femininity, but loses her own strengths in dealing with her everyday life because Camille is not only self-conscious and sexually hyperactive, but at the same time also fragile and self-destructive. Josephine puts herself into the hands of a director who sends her on an emotional roller coaster ride.. A dangerous game is set off, bound to turn Josephine into her own worst enemy…

After her award-winning star turn in Susanne Bier's Oscar®-nominated AFTER THE WEDDING (2006), Stine Fischer Christensen delivers a sublte yet full-blooded performance as a young woman on the path to self-discovery and, perhaps, self-destruction... Director Christian Schwochow follows up his award-winning NOVEMBER CHILD (2008) with the powerful and gripping journey of ambition and abuse.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Christian Schwochow
Screenplay Heide Schwochow, Christian Schwochow
Cinematography Frank Lamm
Cast Stine Fischer Christensen, Ulrich Noethen, Anna Maria Mühe, Dagmar Manzel, Ronald Zehrfeld
Producers Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Production Company teamWorx Television & Film/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with SWR, ARTE, RBB, Berliner Union Film/Berlin, Media Factory/Berlin, Sommerhaus Filmproduktion
Runtime 113 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2011 (In Competition), Zurich 2011, Warsaw 2011, Hamptons 2011, Torino 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Goa 2011, Palm Springs 2012, Göteborg 2012, Rotterdam 2012, Istanbul 2012 (International Competition), Bozener Filmtage 2012, Seattle 2012
Awards Ecumenical Jury Award & Best Actress Karlovy Vary 2011, Best Film Bozen 2012, German Film Award 2012 (Best Supporting Actress)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Falcom Media Group/Berlin

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