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Benno Fürmann, Louis Hofmann (photo © 2011 UFA Cinema)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2011

Responsibility doesn't come easily, indeed, it doesn't come at all to the only moderately successful TV presenter Ulf. As for children, he wants nothing to do with them! Charmingly immature, he has no problem winning female hearts and minds, but he now has a problem: His girlfriend Anni has had enough of his non-commitments and is off to pastures new. If that wasn't bad enough, Ulf is having his midlife macho crisis. His wallowing in self-pity, however, is interrupted by the arrival of his young nephew Aaron, quite literally turning up on the doorstep after his mother has had an accident and the boy has decided the best place to stay is "at Uncle Ulf's." From now on every day is Disaster Day for Ulf. All it would take to complete the mess is, say, if Anni were to turn up again and were pregnant as well. Guess what? Now the chaos that is Ulf's life is perfect. Could there be any better time for him to finally grow up?

"It's always a challenge to make a comedy for a broad audience," says producer Nico Hofmann, "but it's worth it because comedy is the top of the entertainment chain. We set out with Jane Ainscough, whose credits include DIE WOLKE, WO IST FRED? and HANNI & NANNI, and Vanessa Jopp, who made VERGISS AMERIKA and MEINE SCHÖNE BESCHERUNG, to make a film that is as much fun for as many people as possible."

"We hope," says Gesa Tönnesen, Nico Hofmann's producing partner, "audiences will laugh and cry with Benno Fürmann as his character Ulf, despite all his faults and weaknesses, sets out on his journey to find love and learn how to love. If the audience is ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster with us then all concerned have done their job properly."

DER PERFEKTE MANN is being released domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures Germany.

Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Director Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay Jane Ainscough
Cinematography Dixie Schmiedle
Cast Benno Fürmann, Louis Hofmann, Jördis Triebel, Maria Happel, Martin Brambach, Collien Ulmen Fernandes, Ross Antony, Harald Schrott, Florentine Lahme
Producers Nico Hofmann, Jürgen Schuster, Gesa Tönnesen
Production Company UFA Cinema/Munich, in co-production with Degeto Film
Shooting Dates July-September 2011
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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