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RUBY RED
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Gwendolyn Shepherd is actually a very normal 16-year-old teen. What’s annoying is that her family definitely has a tad too many secrets. They all have to do with the time-travel gene that is passed down in the family. Everyone is certain that Gwen’s cousin Charlotte has the gene, and so everything is all Charlotte, all the time. Until the day Gwen, out of the clear blue sky, suddenly finds herself in London at the end of the 19th century. She knows right away that she, and not Charlotte, was born to be a time traveler – even if she could certainly do without it. Just as she could do without Charlotte’s arrogant boyfriend Gideon de Villiers, with whom she now has to forge an alliance in order to clear up the biggest secret of her family history. One thing is clear: she will do everything possible to solve the ancient mysteries. What isn’t clear is that one should not fall in love between the times. For that really makes things complicated!

Translated into 27 languages, a hit in the U.S. and the U.K., and with more than a million copies sold, Kerstin Gier’s best-selling novel RUBY RED marked the overwhelmingly successful launch of the PRECIOUS STONE TRILOGY, which also comprises SAPPHIRE BLUE and EMERALD GREEN. In this opulent screen adaptation by writer Katharina Schöde and director Felix Fuchssteiner, Gier’s imaginative take on time-travel proves how compelling this mix of suspense, action-adventure, romance, mystery and history can be. It’s a winning formula for fantasy-loving teens, young adults and adults of today!


Felix Fuchssteiner was born in Paderborn in 1975 and grew up in Germany and the U.S. After working as a freelance journalist for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he began his Directing studies at the University of Television and Film in Munich in 1995. In 1997 he founded the production company mem-film. Fuchssteiner graduated in 2003 with the film DIE KURVE, a script adaptation of the Tankred Dorst stage play by Katharina Schöde. In 2004, he directed the popular TV series VERBOTENE LIEBE. In 2008 he made his big-screen debut with LOSING BALANCE, which had its premiere at the Munich Film Festival in 2009 and was awarded the Promotion Award of German Film as Best Production and for Best Young Newcomer Actress. The international premiere took place in Montreal in 2009. At the Biberach Film Festival, the film was hailed as Best Debut Film and won the Student Jury’s Award. Through his production company mem-film, Fuchssteiner acquired the film rights to Kerstin Gier’s bestseller trilogy immediately after publication: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green.
Genre Adventure, Literature, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Felix Fuchssteiner
Screenplay Katharina Schöde
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Cast Maria Ehrich, Jannis Niewöhner, Veronica Ferres, Uwe Kockisch, Katharina Thalbach, Gottfried John, Gerlinde Locker, Rüdiger Vogler, Florian Bartholomäi, Jennifer Lotsi, Josefine Preuß, Laura Berlin, Sybille Canonica, Justine del Corte, Kostja Ullmann, Peter Simonischek, Axel Milberg
Producers Thomas Blieninger, Philipp Budweg, Felix Fuchssteiner, Hans W. Geißendörfer, Robert Marciniak, Katharina Schöde, Markus Zimmer
Production Companies Lieblingsfilm, mem-film/Berlin, in co-production with geißendörfer film- und fernsehproduktion/Cologne, Tele München/Munich
Length 122 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zlin 2013, BUSTER Copenhagen 2013
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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