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Team from MEIN KLEINER FINGER (photo © Torsten Lippstock)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2011

“The idea of Bernhard and Judith co-directing MEIN KLEINER FINGER was planned from the outset,” recalls producer Matthias Krause of Cologne-based Heimatfilm. “It was important to have a woman director who was intimately involved with the story and the development of the project since our main character is a young woman and a lot is demanded, both physically and psychologically, from the actress playing her. Judith could work with her in a different way than would have been possible with just a male director.”

Their screenplay centers on the final year of high-school for student Anja, whose life is radically changed after an accident during a night of partying. "Initially, she doesn’t really know what happened to her,” Krause explains. “It is only during the course of the film that she discovers that she is suffering from a trauma and is gradually able to talk about it. Moreover, the emphasis in MEIN KLEINER FINGER is on the subjective perspective of our female protagonist.”

Krause points out that an “intensive and long search” – sifting through tapes of over 400 young women and having casting sessions with more than 100 – preceded the choice of Roxane Duran (THE WHITE RIBBON) for the role of Anja.

MEIN KLEINER FINGER is the feature film directorial debut for Landen and Angerbauer, although Landen has extensive experience as a director of commercials and had made the short FALLIN INSIDE which premiered in Hof last year. Moreover, Angerbauer, who co-wrote the Berlinale 2006 winner THE FREE WILL with Matthias Glasner and Jürgen Vogel, directed the short EGOISTE in 2009.

Based on their past collaborations, Landen proposed Torsten Lippstock as the film's DoP. “Funnily enough, Lippstock had been the DoP on the first film ever made by Heimatfilm, the short 2ND AND A by Jan Bonny,” Krause observes. “So, it’s a case of coming full circle with this film.”

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Directors Bernhard Landen, Judith Angerbauer
Screenplay Judith Angerbauer, Bernhard Landen
Cinematography Torsten Lippstock
Cast Roxane Duran, Lisa Reuter, Christine Kättner, Piet Fuchs, Conrad Risch
Producers Matthias Krause, Bettina Brokemper
Production Company Heimatfilm
Shooting Dates July-August 2011
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds

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