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SYSTEM, THE (SYSTEM, DAS - ALLES VERSTHEN HEISST ALLES VERZEIHEN)

SYSTEM, THE
Scene from "The System" (photo © Kulbach/Frisbeefilms)

Mike is 20-years-old, attractive, intelligent and a loner. Only with his best friend Dustin does he share his thoughts, and an apartment in a pre-fab housing development in Rostock. On the rooftop, they smoke joints and sort out stolen goods. Mike doesn’t really think any further than the next day. But everything changes when he gets caught during a break-in by Konrad Böhm. The charismatic businessman introduces Mike to a parallel world of international lobbyists and former GDR secret agents who have managed to carry over their network into reunited Germany. They use their old contacts for economic advantages. Mike’s initial mistrust turns into curiosity and then admiration. Böhm is the first person to actually set clear boundaries for Mike and tells him something about his deceased father. He fills that painful, empty space in Mike’s soul which developed because of Mike’s mother’s insistent silence. Her attempts to protect Mike from Böhm and the past, however, have the opposite effect. When Mike realizes that his father’s death 20 years ago was not in fact a tragic accident, it’s almost too late. Does understanding everything mean to forgive everything?


Marc Bauder was born in 1974 in Stuttgart. He studied Business in Cologne, St. Gallen and New York, during which time he started making his first films and founded his own production company. In 2001, he started studying Production at the University of Film & Television "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg, but broke off his studies to concentrate on directing. Also active in the theater, his films as a director include: Keine verlorene Zeit (documentary, 2000), Grow or Go (documentary, 2003), Der Kommunist (documentary, 2006), Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem (documentary, 2006), Der Top-Manager (documentary, 2007), Nach der Revolution (documentary, 2010), and Das System (2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Marc Bauder
Screenplay Khyana el Bitar, Dörte Franke
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Gergana Voigt
Paul Lemp
Petra Albert
Cast Florian Renner, Franziska Wulf, Bernhard Schütz, Jenny Schily, Heinz Hoenig, Jacob Matschenz, Jürgen Holtz
Producers Alexander Bickenbach, Manuel Bickenbach
Co-Producer Marc Bauder
Production Company Frisbeefilms, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz, in cooperation with The Post Republic/Halle, Bauderfilm/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology DTS
Sound Technology DTS, Dolby 5.1
Festivals Filmfestival Max Ophüls Prize Saarbrücken 2011, Molodist Kyiv 2011
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Fund

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