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Madonna of Vlatodon, The (Madonna von Vlatodon, Die)

Madonna of Vlatodon, The

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2002

Originally, she had planned the film to be a short exercise during her studies at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich, but then the project was put on the back burner when another two films took precedent. However, Kubescha doesn't regret the delay because it gave the film "time for the story to mature and formally to profit from subsequent experiences".

The film follows the day in the life of an elderly museum guide and travels back in time through flashbacks to see her as a young Greek woman falling in love with a handsome German seaman and then following him back to his homeland.

As Kubescha recalls, the production was not without its own little dramas: shooting had to be brought forward a month because of other commitments of lead actress Monika Bleibtreu, and then her cameraman Joerg Schmidt-Reitwein - with whom she had worked on Ecce Homo - was involved in a helicopter crash just ten days before principal photography was supposed to start.

With just six days to go and still no replacement, she decided to fulfill a long-held desire to work with an East European director of photography and made contact with the 28-year-old Pole Pawel Sobcyk via film students in Moscow and Warsaw. "It was spot on because Pawel was in a similar period of his development as far as content was concerned. He wanted to put aesthetic demands into the background in favor of more honesty", she says.

Together with the New York photographer and independent filmmaker Eric van den Brulle, whom Kubescha had met at the Munich Film Festival, Sobcyk formed "a great East-West team–, the young director explains. "They complemented each other and me in such a way that this shooting certainly represents the most exciting and perhaps also most fruitful experience to date".

Shooting in Munich, Simbach and Greece in August and September 2001
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Miriam Kubescha
Screenplay Miriam Kubescha
Cinematography Pawel Sobczyk, Eric van den Brulle
Miriam Kubescha
Cast Monica Bleibtreu, Martin Glade, Maria Cordoni
Production Company Confine Film/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Cine Cam, Munich, ARRI Media
Format color, 35 mm
 Greek, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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