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Kaifeck Murder (Hinter Kaifeck)

Kaifeck Murder
Scene from “Kaifeck Murder” (photo © 24 Frames Film)

With a name that's spit out like a curse, it's hardly surprising that Kaifeck should harbor a dark secret or two, as photographer Marc soon finds out. Having stumbled onto the remote town with his son, Marc is obsessed by the tale of a gruesome multiple murder on a nearby farm back in 1922. It's a topic that everyone in the village seems to want to forget, and which even the talkative young innkeeper Juliana diligently avoids. At night, however, mysterious things begin to happen to Marc, an uncanny interweaving of visions and reality that draws him ever deeper into the secret of the murders. The more he pieces together, the more the townspeople close ranks against the stranger. Marc's only ally is Juliana, who takes a great risk in helping the 'intruder'. Not only Marc and Juliana are in danger, but also Marc's son. The situation escalates on a pagan holiday in which the townspeople dress as devils and demand a human sacrifice.

A top cast and sensitive direction add emotional depth and a jolting edge to this gothic mystery based on the biggest unresolved murder case in Germany, the slaying of six people on a remote Bavarian farm in 1922. Starring Benno Fuermann (North Face) and Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall), Kaifeck Murder is directed by Esther Gronenborn.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Esther Gronenborn
Screenplay Soenke Lars Neuwoehner, Christian Limmer
Cinematography Chris Valentien
Moune Barius, Dirk Grau
Alexander Hacke
Tom Hornig
Cast Alexandra Maria Lara, Michael Gwisdek, Henry Stange, Manfred Moeck, Waldemar Kobus, Benno Fürmann
Producers Nikolaus Lohmann, Tilo Seiffert, Monika Raebel, Boris Schönfelder, Stefan Gärtner, Christian Balz
Production Company 24 Frames Film/Gruenwald, in co-production with SevenPictures Film, Cinemendo/Munich, Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion
Runtime 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Moscow 2009, Göteborg 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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