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Hounds (Jagdhunde)

Scene from “Hounds” (photo © credofilm)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2006

Sixteen-year-old Lars lives with his father Henrik in a small village in the Uckermark, one of the loneliest parts of the country, having moved there from Berlin after his parents separated. The locals ignore them to the extent that nobody even comes to their Christmas party.

Lars’ life suddenly improves when he meets the deaf, eighteen-year-old Marie. But then his Aunt Jana arrives and it’s clear she and his father are having a relationship and she’s planning to stay. Lars seeks refuge with Marie who shows him her world and that it’s possible to say a great deal without words. But her father is unhappy at the teenagers’ relationship, fearing he’ll lose his daughter.

The festive season takes a turn for the worse when Lars’ mother, complete with her new and much younger boyfriend turns up. Christmas becomes a disaster as the retreat to the countryside turns into the battlefield for a family that has never learned to talk with each other. Lars seeks refuge with Marie and enjoys the happiest Christmas of his life. But fate hasn’t finished with them.

Jagdhunde marks the feature debut of Ann-Kristin Reyels, who studied at Potsdam-Babelsberg’s renowned “Konrad Wolf” film school. Her short film, dim, featured in German Films’ NEXT GENERATION 2005 program.

For those of you who remember their Latin, the root of credofilm’s name says it all. For those who don’t, credo means “I believe” and there is a fundamental faith underlying its activities.

The company was founded in 2001 by Susann Schimk and Joerg Trentmann to produce features and documentaries and, in the words of Schimk, “remains loyal to individual storytellers: personal and always unique! We support good ideas, motivated filmmakers and quality work.”

“We believe filmmaking is a very emotional affair,” says Schimk’s partner and company co-founder Trentmann. “We want to fascinate people cinematically and convince them, as a team. That is our commitment for eternity.”

Among credofilm’s previous credits are Mirko Borscht’s Kombat Sechzehn (nominated for the First Steps Award 2005) and several productions for Germany’s public broadcasters, including for the renowned ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Ann-Kristin Reyels
Screenplay Marek Helsner, Ann-Kristin Reyels
Cinematography Florian Foest
Halina Daugird
Finn-Henry Reyels
Grit Wendicke
Cast Constantin von Jascheroff, Judith Engel, Josef Hader, Luise Berndt, Sven Lehmann, Ulrike Krumbiegel
Producers Jörg Trentmann, Susann Schimk
Production Company credo:film/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Format Super 16
Shooting Dates Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, February - March 2006
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2007 (Forum), Karlovy Vary 2007, Vancouver 2007, Warsaw 2007 (German Panorama), London 2007, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007, Palm Springs 2008, Goeteborg 2008
Awards New Voices/New Visions-Award Palm Springs 2008
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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