Film Info: Abwaerts

Out Of Order (Abwaerts)

It is Friday evening in a big office building. Most people have left and are on their way home. Four late-comers get into the same express elevator, an ageing accountant, an aggressive youth, a beautiful woman and her arrogant former lover. Seconds later they are all prisoners, suspended a hundred meters above ground, crammed into a few square meters, stuck between two floors. Nobody hears their cries for help. Then all attempts to free them fail. The cables holding the elevator snap, one after the other. Frustrations built up over the years and newly created rivalries erupt. Secrets are betrayed. While the rescue operation proceeds, fateful decisions are being made. One of the four will not live to see the end of their adventure.


Carl Schenkel was born in Bern/Switzerland in 1948 and studied Sociology in Frankfurt. During his studies, he wrote short stories, reports and film critiques for various newspapers. His cross-over into the film industry came after he directed an advertising spot for the city of Frankfurt. Thereafter, he worked as assistant director for filmmakers like Wolfgang Staudte and Hans W. Geissendoerfer from 1975-1979. He then collaborated on screenplays with Roland Klick, among others. His films include: Kalt wie Eis (1981), Out Of Order (Abwaerts, 1984), Bay Coven (1987), Silence Like Glass (Zwei Frauen, 1989), The Mighty Quinn (1989), Knight Moves (aka Face to Face, 1992), Exquisite Tenderness (1994), Beyond Betrayal (TV, 1994), In The Lake Of The Woods (TV, 1996), Kalte Kuesse (TV, 1997), Tarzan ... And the Lost City (1998), Hostile Takeover (1999/2000)and Murder on the Orient Express (TV, 2001).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1984
Director Carl Schenkel
Screenplay Carl Schenkel
Cinematography Jacques Stein
Norbert Herzner
Jacques Zwart
Cast Renée Soutendijk, Goetz George, Wolfgang Kieling, Hannes Jaenicke
Producers Thomas Schuely, Matthias Deyle
Production Companies Laura Film/Gruenwald, Mutoskop Film, Maran Film/Baden-Baden, Dieter Geissler Film/Munich
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions English, French
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Mono
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih/Munich

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