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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2013

Shooting began in Stuttgart at the end of May on German-Portuguese filmmaker Alexandre Powelz’s feature debut WITHOUT YOU (OHNE DICH), starring Katja Riemann and Charly Hübner with veteran actor Rolf Hoppe making a guest appearance.

“Initially, I was a little cautious about a debutant filmmaker making an episodic film as that usually requires more experience,” producer Gloria Burkert recalls. “But when I read Alexandre’s exposé, I was so impressed. And all of the actors immediately wanted to be part of the project after reading the screenplay. What struck me was how the stories about life and death are handled in such a light-footed way. Both sides are presented in a quite matter of fact manner.”

Three narrative strands and fates are intertwined in this film: to begin with, there is the well-to-do couple – the midwife Rosa and the therapist Marcel – living in a swanky villa overlooking Stuttgart, who share everything: life, work and love. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, the waitress Motte is pregnant from her best friend Neo who is still trying to decide on his sexual identity. And the cleaner Layla’s life gets out of kilter when her lover Navid leaves her for a younger woman. In one fateful night, decisions are taken and conflicts escalate: a shot is fired, a woman dies and a baby is born – and life carries on....

According to Powelz, who studied Screenwriting at Cologne’s international film school (ifs), he wanted to get away from the clichéd images of films set in Berlin or Hamburg: “The Stuttgart basin fits the story. And all of life is bubbling away down there.”

Another couple of days of shooting are planned in Baden-Württemberg in the autumn, and then post-production will be carried out at the facilities of the film’s co-producer teamWERK in Stuttgart.

A theatrical release is planned by Camino Filmverleih in German cinemas in 2014.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Alexandre Powelz
Screenplay Alexandre Powelz, Alexandra Umminger
Cinematography Eeva Fleig
Cast Katja Riemann, Charly Hübner, Meral Perin, Bijan Zamani, Arne Gottschling, Rolf Hoppe
Producers Gloria Burkert, Andreas Born
Co-Producers Günter Moritz, Monika Agler
Production Company ophir film/Berlin, in co-production with teamWERK/Stuttgart, in cooperation with SWR, ARTE, HR/Frankfurt, MDR
Shooting Dates June 2013, Autumn 2013
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds

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