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Wedding Party, The (Bluthochzeit, Die)

Wedding Party, The
Scene from "The Wedding Party" (photo © Constantin Film)

For bride Sophie and groom Mark, the words "'till death do us part" take on menacing significance on their wedding day. Mark's self-conceited father Hermann is on his worst behavior and picks a fight about the appetizer with the financially troubled gourmet cook Franz, in whose elegant country inn the wedding party is to take place. Slowly but surely the party runs out of control. The idyllic country inn turns into a besieged stronghold, and the aggressions on both sides escalate ever further. Hermann doesn't give a damn about the fact that innocent bystanders are entangled in the whole mess. And even Franz, cool-headed at the beginning, begins to lose his nerves. All efforts to placate the stubborn men fail, and the wedding party heads for a surprising end...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Dominique Deruddere
Screenplay Dominique Deruddere, Jean van Hamme
Cinematography Danny Elsen
Philippe Ravoet
Klaus Badelt, Wolfram de Marco
Hubert Pouille
Cast Armin Rohde, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Arne Lenk, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Fabian Hinrichs, Sandra Borgmann, Josef Heynert, Nadeshda Brennicke, Nand Buyl, Hilde van Mieghem
Producers Marc Conrad, Norbert Preuss, Hilde De Laere, Erwin Provoost
Production Companies Typhoon Films/Cologne, Fanes Film/Munich, MMG/Asse, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, Diana Film/Munich
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ghent 2005, Valladolid 2005, AFI Los Angeles & Washington 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Pinamar 2005, Philadelphia 2006, Houston 2006, Festroia 2006 (In Competition), Copenhagen 2006, Moscow 2006, Copenhagen 2006
Awards Special Jury Award Houston 2006
With backing from Filmstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), BKM, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, MEDIA Plus, Eurimages

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