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Ceasefire (Waffenstillstand)

Scene from "Ceasefire" (photo © DRIFE Productions)

Iraq in the year 2004: The war has officially ended, but everyday life has been devastated. The city of Fallujah has become a stronghold of Iraqi resistance to the American presence. As a result, it has been besieged – food supplies are dwindling, and the only hospital no longer has even basic supplies with which to treat the injured.

In an attempt to relieve the deadly tension, American and Iraqi forces agree a 24-hour ceasefire. Young German journalist Oliver sees this as an opportunity to get a good story at last. He wants to join a first aid convoy to the hospital in Fallujah. However, they need to be back in Baghdad the next day since the ceasefire will last for only 24 hours before the violence erupts again. Time is short. Oliver’s cameraman Ralf doesn’t think much of this plan. He thinks the whole thing is just one ridiculous ego trip, and would rather spend the day at the hotel bar. How is Fallujah so different from Baghdad anyway? Oliver, however, insists.

Kim is the head of Medica mundi, an international relief organization. She has already seen the misery in Fallujah with her own eyes. Alain Laroche is the other partner. He is one of the few remaining medical doctors in the combat zone and he urgently needs to get back to Fallujah during the ceasefire. The years of working under terrible conditions in the country have left him with a sharp insight into the troubles, but seem to have broken his will. Husam, their local chauffeur, has his own vested interests in driving to Fallujah. Together, the five of them depart Baghdad. Crossing harsh war-torn territory with the threat of attacks ever present and caught between frontlines and their different ideals. Their initiative is to help but suddenly they find themselves fighting for their lives.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Lancelot von Naso
Screenplay Lancelot von Naso, Kai-Uwe Hasenheit, Collin McMahon
Cinematography Felix Cramer
Vincent Assmann, Kilian von Keyserlingk
Oliver Thiede
Annette Lofy, Oliver Hoese
Cast Thekla Reuten, Matthias Habich, Hannes Jaenicke, Max von Pufendorf, Husam Chadat
Producers Florian Deyle, Martin Richter, Klaus Dohle, Dario Suter
Co-Producers Dirk Hamm, Oliver Koenig
Production Company DRIFE PRODUCTIONS/Munich, in co-production with DCM Mitte Productions, Creado Film/Constance, Koenig Invest/Sylt, ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2009 (In Competition), Zurich 2009 (German Feature Competition), Hof 2009, Shanghai 2010, Rio de Janeiro 2010
Awards Ecumenical Prize Montreal 2009, Audience Award Zurich 2009, Promotion Award German Film Hof 2009, VGF Award 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Falcom Media Group/Berlin

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