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SAPPHIRE BLUE (SAPHIRBLAU)

SAPPHIRE BLUE
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To be in the past and freshly in love? Forget it, says reluctant time-traveler Gwendolyn Shepherd. Besides, she and Gideon have bigger problems to deal with. Like saving the world. And learning to dance the minuet. One as challenging as the other. When Gideon starts to behave really weirdly, Gwendolyn knows that she’s got to get her hormones in order as soon as possible. She’s really lucky to have clever advisers at her side: her best friend Leslie, the little gargoyle Xemerius, the school ghost James and her grandfather in his younger years, who gives her important tips from the past. But when Gideon and Gwendolyn join forces to oppose a threatening alliance and end up in the clutches of the Count of St. Germain, their love is put to a grueling test.

SAPPHIRE BLUE is based on the second volume of the PRECIOUS STONE TRILOGY by Kerstin Gier, which has sold over two million copies in Germany. The trilogy has been translated into 29 languages.


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.

Katharina Schöde was born in 1974 in Cologne and studied Journalism and Drama at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Her first experience in film was in the domain of continuity and script for various theatrical and TV productions. In 1998 she took up studies in Directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her script adaptation of the stage play Die Kurve by Tankred Dorst was a huge success in 2002 and won numerous international awards. Her graduation film GEFÜHLTE TEMPERATUR (2005) was shown successfully at many festivals. She is also active as a scriptwriter and producer.
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, Literature, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Directors Felix Fuchssteiner, Katharina Schöde
Screenplay Katharina Schöde
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Cast Maria Ehrich, Jannis Niewöhner, Peter Simonischek, Josefine Preuß, Katharina Thalbach, Rüdiger Vogler, Laura Berlin, Florian Bartholomäi, Jennifer Lotsi, Veronica Ferres, Kostja Ullmann
Producers Felix Fuchssteiner, Katharina Schöde, Markus Zimmer, Thomas Blieninger, Philipp Budweg, Robert Marciniak, Hans W. Geißendörfer
Production Companies Tele München/Munich, mem-film/Berlin, Lieblingsfilm, geißendörfer film- und fernsehproduktion/Cologne
Length 116 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zlín 2015
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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