Film Info: INNERE SICHERHEIT, DIE

STATE I AM IN, THE (INNERE SICHERHEIT, DIE)

STATE I AM IN, THE

For 15 years now, the parents have been leading an underground existence, hiding among the anonymous tourists on the beaches of Portugal. They have broken a taboo: they have conceived a daughter. A girl who has never swapped clothes with her friends, never skipped classes in school, camped out at lakes, got drunk and broken off with her boyfriend in ice-cream parlours. A girl who is alone.

The parents are just about to establish some sort of legal identity for themselves in Brazil, when a slight negligence causes everything to fall apart around them. And again they are on the run, which brings them back to Germany. Meanwhile, their daughter has fallen in love. A love which will lead to a tragedy and destroy the family.


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960 and has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German Language and Literature before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) from 1988 to 1994. His highly-acclaimed films include: PILOTINNEN (1995), CUBA LIBRE (1996), DIE BLEISCHLAFDIEBIN (1998), THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT, 2000), SOMETHING TO REMIND ME (TOTER MANN, 2001), WOLFSBURG (2002), GHOSTS (GESPENSTER, 2004), YELLA (2006), JERICHOW (2008), DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD (DREILEBEN - ETWAS BESSERES ALS DEN TOD, 2011), BARBARA (2012), and PHOENIX (2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Harun Farocki, Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Stefan Will
Cast Bilge Binguel, Richy Müller, Julia Hummer, Barbara Auer
Producer Florian Koerner von Gustorf
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, in co-production with ARTE, HR/Frankfurt
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2000, Thessaloniki 2000 (Best Screenplay Award), Rotterdam 2001, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films), Festival do Rio 2013, Seminci Valldolid 2015, DocLisboa 2015, Odesa 2017
Awards German Film Award in Gold for Best Feature 2001, Best Feature & Best Editing by the German Association of Film Critics 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Neue Pegasos Film/Frankfurt

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