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Nach Haus in die Fremde (working title)

Nach Haus in die Fremde (working title)
Goetz George, Klaus J. Behrendt

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2002

A young family has just moved into its new home. The renovations still haven't been finished as the telephone rings one night: Grandfather has been knocked down by a car.

Richard (Goetz George) is only slightly hurt, but it's obvious the old man's senile dementia, or Alzheimer's Disease, is getting worse and he is no longer able to take care of himself.

Richard moves in and, to begin with, they all find humor in the many slight mishaps. At first, they are convinced they can help him deal with the situation. Oliver prints computer labels for the doors so grandfather can find his way around the house. Jochen increases health insurance payments for his father while Anja gives up her part-time job. But it soon becomes clear to them that their decision has serious implications for all their lives.

The one flicker of hope is Karin, Richard's long-time lover, whose presence causes him to become his old self and act normally. As Richard's illness progresses, the family finds itself deeper and deeper in crisis. When the old man accidentally starts a fire, that is the final straw for Anja. She moves out, leaving the three men alone. What will Jochen do? Will the family survive?

Goetz George, a nationally-known star of film and television, is also one of the few German actors to have achieved international recognition, with films such as the fake-Hitler-diaries comedy Schtonk! (director Helmut Dietl, 1992) and The Deathmaker (Der Totmacher, director Romuald Karmakar, 1995).

Producer Sonja Goslicki has worked closely with George since 1996 on the re-launched police series Schimanksi (after the detective of the same name), also for broadcaster WDR. Among the many honors she has received are the Golden Camera, the German Television Award, the Bavarian Television Award and a Golden Gong.

Colonia Media is a subsidiary of Bavaria Film and specializes in TV movies (such as the famous Scene of Crime, or Tatort, films), drama series and documentaries for Germany's commercial and public broadcasters. In 2000, Christian Granderath joined the company. His hit feature production credits include the comedy Maybe, Maybe Not (Der bewegte Mann), directed by Soenke Wortmann in 1994, as well as the dramas The Deathmaker, and Andreas Dresen's The Policewoman (Die Polizistin, 2000).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 2002
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Karl-Heinz Kaefer
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Gisela Zick
Andreas Hoge
Cast Goetz George, Klaus J. Behrendt, Ulrike Krumbiegel, Sergei Moya, Christine Schorn
Producer Sonja Goslicki
Production Company Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, in cooperation with WDR
Runtime 90 min
Format Super 16, color
Shooting Dates Cologne and surroundings in February and March 2002

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