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Scene from "Requiem" (photo © 23/5 Filmproduktion GmbH)

A small town in the 1970s in Southern Germany. Michaela, 21, has grown up in a deeply religious family, with a kind but weak father and a cold-hearted, distant mother. Despite her years-long battle with epilepsy, Michaela burns to leave home and study at the university. There, her first taste of freedom, her budding love for Stefan and her friendship with Hanna crack open the shell of faith and family within which she had always felt secure and protected. The result is a breakdown. Not a normal epileptic attack, but a frightening onrush of grotesque faces and voices. Afraid of being sent back home to her family, Michaela seeks help from a priest who reinforces her conviction that she is possessed. Though Stefan and Hanna entreat her to seek psychiatric help, they are unable to break through the dense religious and moral ties binding Michaela to her family, and leave her to her fate...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Hans-Christian Schmid
Screenplay Bernd Lange
Cinematography Bogumil Godfrejów
Hansjörg Weißbrich, Bernd Schlegel
Christian M. Goldbeck
Cast Walter Schmidinger, Jens Harzer, Nicholas Reinke, Anna Blomeier, Friederike Adolph, Imogen Kogge, Burghart Klaußner, Sandra Hüller
Producers Uli Putz, Hans-Christian Schmid
Production Company 23/5 Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with SWR, ARTE, WDR, BR
Runtime 92 min
Format Super 16
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2006 (In Competition), Shanghai 2006, Karlovy Vary 2006, Toronto 2006, Pusan 2006, Rio 2006, Warsaw 2006, London 2006, Sitges 2006, Ghent 2006, Hamptons 2006, Canberra 2006, Athens 2006, Seattle 2006, Chicago 2006, Vancouver 2006, Gijon 2006, Esbilla 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Sofia 2007, Havana 2007
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2005 (Best Newcomer Actress: Sandra Hueller), Silver Bear (Best Actress: Sandra Hueller), FIPRESCI Award Berlin 2006, German Film Awards 2006 (Silver Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design), Best Film, Best Actress & Jose Luis Guarner Critics Award Sitges 2006, Best Actress Tallinn Black Nights 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor X Verleih

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Bavaria Media International

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