Film Info: VIER MINUTEN

FOUR MINUTES (VIER MINUTEN)

FOUR MINUTES
Scene from FOUR MINUTES (photo © Kordes & Kordes Film)

Schubert, Mozart, Chopin and a bunch of killers. That’s life for 80-year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger. The old lady has been teaching music at the women’s prison for ages. But she has never met an inmate like Jenny: a killer who beats everything around her to a pulp just to amuse herself. However, she used to be a great talent. A piano prodigy even. And beneath her fierce façade, she still is. With Traude’s help, she could manage to win a prestigious piano contest. But a contest is no challenge to those who want their lives to stand still.


Chris Kraus was already a noted scriptwriter before making his debut as a director with SHATTERED GLASS (2002), which was awarded two Bavarian Film Prizes, among other awards. His second film, FOUR MINUTES (2006), was one of the most successful German films of the past years and won over 60 German and international awards. His third film, THE POLL DIARIES (2011), won almost 20 prizes, including four German Film Awards, three Bavarian Film Prizes, one Bambi Award and numerous festival accolades all over Europe. Kraus is also a distinguished opera director (Premio Abbiati for his Fidelio in Reggio Emilia).
Genre Music, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Chris Kraus
Screenplay Chris Kraus
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Uta Schmidt
Annette Focks
Silke Buhr
Cast Peter Davor, Nadja Uhl, Vadim Glowna, Stefan Kurt, Jasmin Tabatabai, Richy Müller, Sven Pippig, Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Dietrich Hollinderbäumer
Producers Alexandra Kordes, Meike Kordes
Production Company Kordes & Kordes Film/Berlin, in co-production with Journal Film Klaus Volkenborn /Berlin
Length 112 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology DTS
Festivals Shanghai 2006 (In Competition), Toronto 2006, Rio 2006, Reykjavik 2006, Hof 2006, Biberach 2006 (In Comeptition), AFI Fest Los Angeles 2006, Seville 2006, Camerimage 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Braunschweig 2006, Luenen 2006, Goa 2006, FILMZ Mainz 2006, Goeteborg 2007, Berlin 2007 (German Cinema), Sofia 2007 (In Competition), Istanbul 2007 (In Competition), Seattle 2007, Giffoni 2007, Hamptons 2007, Ghent 2007, Havana 2007, Shanghai 2013, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014
Awards Best Film Shanghai 2006, Best Film Reykjavik 2006, Golden Beaver & Audience Award Biberach 2006, Bavarian Film Awards 2006 (Best Up-and Coming Actress Hannah Herzsprung, Best Actress Monica Bleibtreu, Best Screenplay, VGF Producers' Prize), Best Direction, FIPRESCI Award for Best Film Sofia 2007, German Film Award 2007 (Best Film, Best Leading Actress Monica Bleibtreu), Audience Award Hamptons 2007
With backing from German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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