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Peas at 5:30 (Erbsen auf halb 6)

Peas at 5:30
Scene from "Peas at 5:30" (photo © Senator Film)

It all starts with a bang. The car breaks through the crash barrier and falls off the bridge. The lights go out. After that, Jakob is not able to see anymore. His optic nerve is severed, from now on the young stage-director Jakob is blind. His life will change and nothing will ever be the same.

He cannot handle the idea of never being able tos ee again and screams at the only woman who is able and willing to help him, Lily. A rehabilitation teacher, she helps the blind deal with the darkness. Lily has been living with it since birth, she too is blind.

A movie about lovers who can't see each other. About two blind people, who venture into an unknown world.


Lars Büchel was born in 1966 in Ostholstein. He studied Theater and Philosophy at the Free University in Berlin and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Active in both writing and directing, his films include: Iglu der Kapitaen (1990), Triumph des Spiels (1991), Fritz & Erna (1992), Rosen luegen nicht (1993), Bilder fuer Deutschland (1993), 4 Geschichten ueber 5 Tote (1997), Now or Never (Jetzt oder nie, 2000), Peas at 5:30 (Erbsen auf halb sechs, 2004), Nichts_weiter_als (short, 2005) and Lippel\'s Dream (Lippels Traum, 2009).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Lars Büchel
Screenplay Lars Büchel, Ruth Toma
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Peter R. Adam
Max Berghaus, Dirk Reichardt, Stefan Hansen
Christoph Kanter
Cast Fritzi Haberlandt, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Harald Schrott, Tina Engel, Jenny Groellmann
Producers Hanno Huth, Ralf Zimmermann
Production Company Senator Film Produktion, in co-production with Mr. Brown Entertainment/Berlin
Length 111 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Reykjavik 2004
Awards German Film Award 2004 for Best Music
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Gesellschaft zur Foerderung audiovisueller Werke in Schleswig-Holstein (MSH)
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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