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Scene from RUN IF YOU CAN (photo courtesy of Wueste Film Ost)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2009

The eternal triangle forms the premise from Dietrich Brueggemann’s second theatrical feature film, except this time it’s a wheelchair-bound young man and his civilian service helper who fall in love with the same woman.

Every boy, whether short or tall, good looking or with a face like a pepperoni pizza – dreams of the ideal love. She’s out there somewhere, that 100%-all-girl girl, the one who’s beautiful, smart and just perfect. That’s what Ben (26) feels. He’s smart, funny, and sits in a wheelchair. His dream girl is beautiful and has, of course, two legs that work. But because girls like that don’t fall for guys like him, love doesn’t figure in Ben’s life. At least, that’s what he tells his civilian service helper, Christian (20), who accompanies him around town.

Christian’s a nice guy who takes life as it comes. Ben and Christian quickly become friends. Until the cellist Annika (26) enters their lives and turns things upside down.

Born in 1976 in Munich, Dietrich Brueggemann studied directing at the University of Film & Television "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. His short film Warum laeuft Herr V. Amok? screened successfully at various festivals, including the Panorama sidebar at the Berlinale 2003.

RUN IF YOU CAN follows Brueggemann’s graduation film, 9 SZENEN, which had its premiere at the Berlinale 2006 in the Perspectives German Cinema section. It won the New Berlin Film Award 2006 (Best Fiction), the Audience Award at the Festival des Deutschen Films Ludgwigshafen and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award (Best Script). Brueggemann also directs music and video clips and writes for the film magazine Schnitt.

RUN IF YOU CAN is co-written by and stars the actress Anna Brueggemann, Dietrich Brueggemann’s sister. She features in Sebastian Schipper’s new film MITTE ENDE AUGUST and is a face and name to watch out for.

Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Dietrich Brüggemann
Screenplay Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann
Cinematography Alexander Sass
Vincent Assmann
Christiane Krumwiede
Cast Anna Brüggemann, Robert Gwisdek, Jacob Matschenz
Producers Ralph Schwingel, Sabine Holtgreve
Production Company Wüste Film Ost/Berlin, in co-production with Wüste Film West/Cologne, SWR, WDR, ARTE
Runtime 112 min
Format 35 mm
Shooting Dates Duisburg, Bochum, Cologne, February - April 2009
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2010 (Perspectives German Cinema), Seattle 2010, Shanghai 2010, Montreal 2010, Havana 2010, Haugesund 2010, Göteborg 2011, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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