Film Info: ABHANDENE WELT, DIE

MISPLACED WORLD, THE (ABHANDENE WELT, DIE)

MISPLACED WORLD, THE
photo © 2015 Concorde Filmverleih/Jan Betke

Jazz singer Sophie receives an urgent phone call from her father, Paul Kromberger. He wants to show her a photo on an American newspaper website – the photo of a woman who bears an astonishing and inexplicable resemblance to his recently deceased wife, Sophie’s mother. Paul asks his daughter to find the woman in the picture – Caterina Fabiani, a celebrated opera singer. Despite her misgivings to please her father, Sophie reluctantly agrees. As she is travelling to New York, she cannot possibly imagine the revelations that await her – about her mother, her father, herself...

A breathless, masterfully orchestrated thriller about family secrets from Margarethe von Trotta (Golden Lion Winner and director of HANNAH ARENDT).


Margarethe von Trotta ranks among the most important female directors in German cinema since the 1970s, during which time she also made a name for herself as an actress. Today primarily active as a screenwriter and director, her most well-known films include: THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM (DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM, 1975, in co-direction with Volker Schlöndorff), THE SECOND AWAKENING OF CHRISTA KLAGES (DAS ZWEITE ERWACHEN DER CHRISTA KLAGES, 1977), SISTERS OR THE BALANCE OF HAPPINESS (SCHWESTERN ODER DIE BALANCE DES GLÜCKS, 1979), MARIANNE AND JULIANE (DIE BLEIERNE ZEIT, 1981), SHEER MADNESS (HELLER WAHN, 1983), ROSA LUXEMBURG (1985), THE AFRICAN WOMAN (DIE RÜCKKEHR, 1990), THE LONG SILENCE (IL LUNGO SILENZIO, 1993), THE PROMISE (DAS VERSPRECHEN, 1994), ROSENSTRASSE (2003), I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (ICH BIN DIE ANDERE, 2006), VISION (2009), HANNAH ARENDT (2012), FORGET ABOUT NICK (2017), and her first documentary SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN (2018), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay Margarethe von Trotta
Cinematography Axel Block
Cast Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich, Robert Seeliger, Gunnar Möller, Karin Dor, August Zirner, Tom Beck, Piet Arne Jansen, Rüdiger Vogler
Producer Markus Zimmer
Production Companies Tele München/Munich, Clasart Film/Munich
Length 101 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2015 (Berlinale Special), Reykjavik 2015, Seminci Valldolid 2015, Dublin 2016, Beijing 2016
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih/Munich

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