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Autopilots (Autopiloten)

Scene from "Autopilots" (photo © LICHTBLICK/Alex Trebus)

Autopilots tells the story of four people trying to live up to their lost ideals in interwoven episodes. Each of them has become a social outcast. Lacking a foothold, they erratically move through their own lives. During 24 hours these characters’ paths cross on the freeways of the Ruhr Area.

Georg, trainer of a soccer league team, must win the game tonight if he wants to keep his job. He discovers how the mechanisms of the soccer trade have begun to turn against him. Dieter, freelance reporter is on the pursuit of spectacular images. He loves his son, who lives with his ex-wife Rita, but does not devote much attention to him. Joerg, a salesman for bathtub lifts finds himself drifting off into isolation and discovers he cannot go on with his double life. Heinz, an aging pop singer spends his days singing at anniversary celebrations for shopping malls and the like. And he can’t keep up the illusion anymore.

They are all heroes of an inner insecurity, who are just trying to hang in there...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Bastian Günther
Screenplay Bastian Günther
Cinematography Michael Kotschi
Olaf Tischbier
Bernd Begemann, Andreas Doerne, Jens Hafemann
Dorothee von Bodelschwingh
Cast Manfred Zapatka, Charly Hübner, Walter Kreye, Wolfram Koch, Susanne-Marie Wrage
Producers Joachim Ortmanns, Martin Heisler
Production Company Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, in co-production with SWR, ARTE
Runtime 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2007 (Perspectives German Cinema), Shanghai 2007, Montreal 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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