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Scene from INVASION (photo © Tom Trambow)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2011

The Georgian-born director Dito Tsintzadse returned to Central Germany for his latest feature INVASION after having made the San Sebastian Golden Shell-winner GUN-SHY (SCHUSSANGST) in 2003 IN and around Halle.

At the center of the new film is a lonely man Josef (played by Burghart Klaußner) whose very existence gradually becomes more threatened. He has only recently become a widower when two unexpected visitors suddenly turn up: a woman named Nina, who claims to be a friend of his late wife, and her son Simon. Josef is then invited to Simon's Kendo tournament where he meets Simon’s wife Milena. But after only a short time, Nina asks Josef if the young couple could live at his place for a while. As time goes on, Nina is at Josef's more often than not, and it doesn't stop there: her boyfriend and Milena's son Marco then take up residence. Although he had been initially pleased to have some company to take his mind off of his recent loss, these new sub-tenants become increasingly threatening in the way they force their way into his life ... and lead to violent consequences.

Tsintsadze describes his new film as “a whimsical thriller with black humor and completely unexpected twists” and draws comparisons with such classics as Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW and Roman Polanski's THE TENANT.

INVASION is the second film by Tsintsadze where Burghart Klaußner (THE WHITE RIBBON and GOETHE!) has been cast in the male lead: he had previously appeared in the Georgian director's 2006 film THE MAN FROM THE EMBASSY and was awarded a Silver Leopard in Locarno for his portrayal of a German diplomat in Georgia.

After an initial five days of shooting in the Cologne area last December, the German-Austrian co-production moved to Saalfeld in Thuringia for 28 days between January and February at the Villa Bergfried, which was built in the 1920s by the chocolate manufacturer Ernst Hüther.

Theatrical release by Neue Visionen is planned in Germany in 2012.

Genre Psycho Thriller, Thriller
Category Feature
Director Dito Tsintsadze
Screenplay Dito Tsintsadze
Cinematography Ralf Mendle
Cast Burghart Klaußner, Heike Trinker, Merab Ninidze, David Imper, Walera Kanischtscheff
Producers Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgartner
Co-Producers Ebba Sinzinger, Vincent Lucassen
Production Companies Pallas Film, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with WILDart FILM/Vienna
Shooting Dates December 2010-February 2011
Festivals Montreal World Film Festival 2012 (In Competition), Sao Paulo 2012
Awards Special Grand Prix of the Jury Montreal 2012
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Wiener Filmfonds
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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