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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2022

CICERO is portraying the highs, lows and cracks of the exceptional life paths and careers of the outstanding artists Mr. Golden Hands Eugen and his son, renowned singer Roger CICERO. Unprecedented passion always drove both protagonists back on stage. In their brilliant artistic work we find their way of thinking and acting, the everlasting attempt to cross borders and to neglect stereotypes. Kai Wessel, Katharina Rinderle and Tina Freitag create an impressive cinematic and musical journey – showing two profound and tightly interwoven life stories, give insights to an unique father-son relation with unexpected parallels - at the same time revealing universal themes, among them the preciousness of life and finding its own identity. Dense interviews of close companions were combined with spectacular archive material and unreleased recording footage of five decades.
Genre Biopic, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2021
Director Kai Wessel
Screenplay Katharina Rinderle
Cinematography Jan Kerhart
Cast Roger Cicero, Eugen Cicero, Till Brönner, Charly Antolini, Christiana Cicero, Johannes Oerding, Matthias Meusel, Ulita Knaus, Joja Wendt, Paul Kuhn, Fleurine Mehldau, Lutz Krajenski, Hervé Jeanne, Sven Bürger, Decebal Badila, Ack van Rooyen, Jiggs Wigham, Gregor Meyle, Karin Heinrich, Lars Ingwersen, Freddie de Wall , Roland Spremberg, Rita Flügge-Timm
Producer Katharina Rinderle
Co-Producers Oliver Behrmann, Sorin Manu, Martin Richter, Jens C. Susa, Bernadette Schugg, Benjamin Wüpper
Production Company LATEMAR Film/Hamburg, in co-production with Martin Richter Filmproduktion/Munich, Evolution Arts & Film/Leipzig, Provobis Film/Berlin, Moviepool/Munich, Aspekt Telefilm-Produktion GmbH/Hamburg, NDR/Hamburg, RBB
Runtime 112 min
Format 1:1.78
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals 54. Hof International Film Festival 2020, 62. Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2020, 32. International Filmfest Emden-Norderney 2021, East Europe International Film Festival Warsaw 2021, 43. Filmfestspiele Biberach 2021, Rome Film Awards 2022, Amsterdam World International Film Festival 2022, Madrid International Film Festival 2022
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Nordmedia
German Distributor Weltkino Filmverleih

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