Film Info: Inas Geburtstag

Ina's Birthday (Inas Geburtstag)

Ina's Birthday
Scene from "Ina's Birthday"

It is Ina Handel's 58th birthday and she strongly becomes aware of her loneliness, when no one comes to celebrate her birthday. The people around her are strangers to her. The only way out seems to be suicide.

Ina's first hesitating attempt to commit suicide fails. The second attempt - a jumping from a roof - is prevented by a fireman named Karl. He and his colleagues have been called for rescue. After a short stay in the hospital Ina returns home, thinking of Karl. And Karl is searching for Ina, but he can't find her.

She then stages another suicide attempt. She is standing on the roof, hoping Karl will come to rescue her once again. And Karl really comes.


André Bergelt was born in 1970 in East Berlin. After his schooling, he headed up the media office Nordlicht Weimar, before going on to study Psychology, Philosophy and Sports in Berlin. Since 1995, he has been working for numerous film production companies as a scriptwriter and assistant director. His films include the shorts: Instant (1994), 2 min kinolenta (1995), It's a Teddys, Teddys, Teddys World (1995), Es ist niemand da (1996), Babulja (1997) and Ina's Birthday (Inas Geburtstag, 2001).
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2001
Director André Bergelt
Screenplay André Bergelt
Cinematography Matthias Maasz
Daniel Anderson
Mathias Furkert
Michael Schultz
Cast Carmen Maja Antoni, Martin Seifert, René Geney, Vladimir Schneidermann, Jochen Noch, Jens Wassermann, Charlene Beck, Bacel El-Kathib
Production Company Ambel Ast Film/Berlin
Length 13 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 2002
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Sachsen-Anhalt

World Sales (please contact)
Ambel Ast Film
André Bergelt
Seumestrasse 20
10245 Berlin/Germany
phone +49-30-2 94 10 32
fax +49-30-2 94 10 32
ambel-ast-film@web.de