Film Info: Im Schwitzkasten

No Sweat (Im Schwitzkasten)

No Sweat
Scene from "No Sweat" (photo © Moneypenny/Alex Trebus)

In his latest comedy Berlin-based Irish director Eoin Moore presents the naked truth about the state of the nation under the sign of the economic crisis.

The recession’s got people in a headlock. They are grappling, struggling, sweating, but there’s no escape. And while they are sweating, why not really sweat? So Toni, Karin, Dani, Monika and Norbert meet every Thursday in the Berlin sauna “Schwitzkasten” (Sweatbox), run by the sister and brother team Nadine and Jost, to brood over the situation in the country and life in general while wallowing in mud pack and massage. Toni, long-term jobless and impotent, has lost all confidence to return to his old profession. Karin, who has opened her own business, makes a nuisance of herself by trying to sell useless things to anyone who crosses her path. Stewardess Dani, who thinks the best is just about good enough for her, finds out that the world runs on different time when she’s out of work. Monika, incorrigible do-gooder, has enjoyed an academic education with the result that she goes on social welfare until she decides whether to marry and have kids or teach sewing to women in Rwanda. And finally there’s Norbert, the Goethe expert who writes speeches for his wife, a liberal member of parliament. The microcosm of the sauna opens his eyes to the world as it really is. Will he at least have the courage to do something about it?


Eoin Moore was born in 1968 in Dublin/Ireland. He studied at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb) and has worked as a soundman and cameraman. He graduated from the dffb in 1998 with Break Even (Plus-Minus Null), which won four awards at international festivals and was shown at over 40 festivals in 25 countries. His other films include: Spiel mir das Lied vom toten Trabbi (short, 1991), So oder so (short, 1992), Children of Light (documentary, 1992), Digital Video Ballet (short, 1993), Driver (short, 1993), Loops of Infinity (short, 1994), Der Duft des Mannes (short, 1994), Storm Rising (short, 1995), Neuneinhalb Minuten (short, 1996), Conamara (2000), Why Don\'t We Do It in the Road? (Verkehrsinsel, 2001), Pigs Will Fly (2002), and No Sweat (Im Schwitzkasten, 2005).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Eoin Moore
Screenplay Sven S. Poser, Jens Koester, Eoin Moore
Cinematography Bernd Loehr
Antje Zynga, Eoin Moore
Kai-Uwe Kohlschmidt, Warner Poland
Annette Lofy
Cast Christiane Paul, Charly Hübner, Andreas Schmidt, Esther Zimmering, Steffi Kühnert, Laura Tonke, Edgar Selge
Producers Sigrid Hoerner, Anne Leppin
Production Company moneypenny film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz, Workshop Leppin Moore Hoerner/Berlin
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Hof 2005, Luenen 2005, Goteborg 2006, Berlin 2006, Dublin 2006, Turkish/German Film Festival Nuremberg 2006, Dundee 2006, Vancouver 2006
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM
German Distributor Alamode Film/Munich

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