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(Davon willst Du nichts wissen)

On the set of “Davon willst Du nichts wissen” (photo © CWP-Film/Heike Ulrich)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2010

Director Tim Trachte came to producer Uli Putz’s attention when she saw his graduation film from Munich’s University of Television & Film, Der Herrscher von Edessa, at the HFF Screenings a couple of years ago.

The medium-length film, which won the City of Munich’s Starter Film Prize and the EON Bayern Culture Award in 2008, was very much to Putz’s liking. “Tim has his own particular style as a director and showed in this film that he knows how to generate suspense. He is someone who dares to stay with a scene rather than cut,” she says.

After Putz met with the director, they decided to work together with ZDF’s Das kleine Fernsehspiel on developing his feature debut, the psychological thriller Davon willst Du nichts wissen (“You Don’t Want To Know”) which was then shot this April and May.

One evening, a man’s life takes an unexpected turn from respectability into the unknown after he attempts to protect his wife and himself from two aggressive youths. In a struggle with one of the youths, the boy falls on the tracks and is run over by a freight train. Believing that there were no witnesses, the man decides to simply conceal what has happened. But when he starts receiving anonymous, threatening letters, he realizes that someone else knows his secret...

“Logistically, it was quite a challenge to shoot the scenes on the tracks with the boy being run over,” Putz recalls, “but Tim had everything storyboarded and was extremely well prepared. Moreover, he already knows during the shooting how he will edit the film later on.”

The performance of Austrian actor Andreas Lust in Goetz Spielmann’s Revanche at the 2008 Berlinale prompted the producers and Trachte to consider him for the role of the family man harboring a secret. “He was the ideal person for the role,” Putz says. “He’s someone you just have to like and you want to be on his side. And Sophie von Kessel is perfect as his wife.”

Putz had approached viaFilm, the young company of two HFF graduates Benedikt Boellhoff and Max Frauenknecht, to handle the production management for the film. “They have the status of co-producers on the project because we also see our function at Claussen+Woebke+Putz Film in supporting the next generation of producers as well as directors,” she explains.

“Moreover, it is great fun working with people like Tim and his team, who clearly want to achieve something and are still fresh,” Putz adds. “I can definitely imagine us working with Tim again in the future.”

Genre Drama, Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Tim Trachte
Screenplay Tim Trachte
Cinematography Fabian Rösler
Ulrich Ringer
Markus Dicklhuber
Cast Andreas Lust, Sophie von Kessel, Alina Levshin, Nikolas Beyer, Thomas Loibl
Producers Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, in co-production with viaFilm Böllhoff & Frauenknecht/Grünwald, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Format 16 mm
Shooting Dates Munich, April - May 2010
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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