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Cast and crew of “Für Elise” (photo courtesy of Ostlicht Filmproduktion)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2011

Elise is a 15-year-old girl who, following her father’s accidental death, lives with her mother Betty. The latter is an intensive care nurse and, true to the saying ‘the cobbler’s children always go barefoot’, Betty helps to save the lives of others but does not have her life or that of her daughter under control. In her desperate search for a new husband and father, Betty throws herself into a drastic series of parties and one-night stands, drowning her helplessness in alcohol.

In the meantime, Elise uses all her strength to keep both their lives on some kind of even keel. Silently, she takes care of the household and covers up Betty’s alcoholic excess.

Elise loves her mother but suffers from the woman’s egoism and the lack of maternal care. The one thing that gives her consolation and solidity is playing the piano.

When Betty meets Ludwig, a journalist, she believes she has found the ideal partner. But mother and daughter are set to become rivals for his favor.

Für Elise (“For Elise”) marks the theatrical feature film debut of national and international award-winning director Wolfgang Dinslage. From 2000 to 2002 he studied Direction under Hark Bohm at Hamburg University, which in 2004 was integrated into the Hamburg Media School. His short film credits include: Ausverkauft (1999, Audience Award Short Cuts Cologne), Quak (2000, winner of the Short Tiger Award), Morgengrauen (2001) and Die Katze von Altona (2002, nominated for the German Short Film Award, the First Steps Award and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer’s Award; winner of the Audience Award at the Sehsüchte Festival in Potsdam and the Taipeh Film Festival in Taiwan, as well as winner of the Filmfestival Augenweide in Kiel). In 2009, Dinslage made his first feature-length film, the TV-movie Zurück zum Glück.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Wolfgang Dinslage
Screenplay Erzsébet Rácz
Cinematography Kai Rostasy
Andreas Baltschun
Stephan von Tresckow
Cast Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Christina Große, Hendrik Duryn
Producers Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab
Production Company Ostlicht Filmproduktion/Weimar, in co-production with SWR, ARTE, MDR
Format RED, color, cs
Shooting Dates October-November 2010
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Busan 2012, Sao Paulo 2012
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds

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