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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2020

After directing films such as PATHS IN THE NIGHT, HEAD UNDER WATER and HEDDA, Andreas Kleinert has now turned his attention in his latest feature film to the life of the late German writer, poet, dramatist and filmmaker Thomas Brasch, whose texts about love, political revolt and death are in high esteem to this day.

LIEBER THOMAS shows the life and dreams of a man for whom every world was always too small, someone who overcame boundaries and caused damage in the process. Shot in b&w by Kleinert's regular collaborator Johann Feindt, the film lets the audience re-discover an artist who embodied the rift between the two Germanies like few before or after him.

The young Brasch is portrayed by Albrecht Schuch (SYSTEM CRASHER) as somebody moving between wild radical and tormented intellectual, while Brasch in his later years is played by Peter Kremer (GENERATION WAR).
Genre Biopic
Category Feature
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Thomas Wendrich
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Cast Albrecht Schuch, Peter Kremer, Jella Haase, Jörg Schüttauf, Anja Schneider, Joel Basman, Ioana Iacob, Paula Hans
Producers Michael Souvignier, Till Derenbach
Production Company Zeitsprung Pictures, in association with NDR, BR, WDR, ARTE
Shooting Dates September-November 2019
Festivals 41th Istanbul Film Festival
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany

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