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Axel Prahl, Juliane Koehler (photo © 2006 Dirk Plamboeck/Beaglefilms GmbH)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2006

Love hurts, as the 39-year-old Alexandra, who has just been released from a two-year prison sentence for assaulting her ex-husband, knows only too well. With her faith in human relationships destroyed, Alex survives by withdrawing emotionally from life. She tries to find her psychological balance in solitude. But when a man and his young son cross her path and plans, she is forced to take a stand. Alex dares to leave her self-imposed exile and discovers once again just how thin the ice can be and how fragile happiness is, no matter how small it is.

“What’s special about the film,” says Mondkalb’s executive producer and Beaglefilms’ founder, Juri Wiesner, “is that the main character is an outsider. She has chosen to exile herself, physically and mentally, from society as a whole. It takes a special kind of actress to portray this and Juliane Koehler is excellent in the role. But then again, the whole ensemble is excellent!”

Confidence, indeed! But Mondkalb also marks the third collaboration between Wiesner and writer-director Sylke Enders (the other two being Hab mich lieb! and Schlitten auf schwarzem Schnee).

Enders is “aware of the risk of having a hero who is reserved, laconic and doesn’t say much. But,” she continues, “her behavior is the result of guilt and not due to her lack of longing and vulnerability. I want the viewer to be curious about her and realize what is behind her façade.”

Wiesner and Enders “met by coincidence at film school,” says Wiesner. “She brings the art side to the equation; the script, ideas, actors, casting. I bring the finance, look for partners and put the team together.”

In Wiesner’s own words, “Mondkalb is not a blockbuster. The idea is simply to touch people and take them into another world.”

Beaglefilms’ next project is already in development: Solo, a road movie, by Werner Kranwetvogel. “Up to now,” says Wiesner, “we’ve concentrated on arthouse films, but we are still looking for our orientation and as a producer I always go for the person behind the material because film is so personal.”

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Sylke Enders
Screenplay Sylke Enders
Cinematography Frank Amann
Frank Brummundt
Tommy Stark
Cast Juliane Köhler, Axel Prahl, Leonard Carow, Ronald Kukulies, Niels Bormann
Producer Juri Wiesner
Production Company Beaglefilms Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with WDR, RBB
Format 35 mm, color
Shooting Dates Berlin, Rathenau, Hamsdorf, Rangsdorf, August - September 2006
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor X Verleih

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