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A journey through a surreal Germany: A police officer in a bear costume. A female documentary filmmaker who is unable to find an interesting story. A pedicurist who carefully sets aside the hard skin removed from the feet of his aged female patient. A rich couple that refuses to sit in a German-built car. A history student uninterested in a class visit to a concentration camp. A wild man training a raven in the woods.

In this anthology film, all are bound by family ties or a moment of coincidence in a country where the sun always shines and everybody is beautiful, polite, successful or happy. That is until they reveal their darker side, and we discover that the step from idyll to inferno is a short one. FINSTERWORLD is an ironic antithesis of the Heimatfilm and full of malicious observations and sharp-tongued remarks. Not even the name of its director Frauke Finsterwalder remains unscathed. Rarely has German cinema produced so much black humor in one fell swoop.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Frauke Finsterwalder
Screenplay Frauke Finsterwalder, Christian Kracht
Cinematography Markus Förderer
Cast Corinna Harfouch, Bernhard Schütz, Sandra Hüller, Ronald Zehrfeld, Johannes Krisch, Michael Maertens, Margit Carstensen, Leonard Scheicher, Max Pellny, Markus Hering, Christoph Bach, Jakub Gierszał, Dieter Meier
Producers Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm
Production Company Walker+Worm Film, in co-production with Lhasa Films/Berlin, BR
Runtime 91 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
Festivals Munich 2013, Montreal 2013, Cologne Conference 2013, Zurich 2013, Camerimage 2013, Black Nights Tallinn 2013, Créteil 2014, Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2014, Edinburgh 2014, CinemaJove Valencia 2014, Jerusalem 2014, Cambridge 2014, Cork 2014, SANFIC 2014 (International Competition), Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014
Awards Bronze Zenith Montreal 2013, TV Spielfilm Award 2013, Best Film in German-Language Competition & Critics' Choice Award Zurich 2013, Best Feature Award Vancouver 2014, German Critics' Award: Best Screenplay 2013, German Actors' Award: Michael Maertens, German Film Award 2014 (Best Supporting Actress: Sandra Hüller), AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Narrative Edinburgh 2014
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Alamode Film

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