Film Info: Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy is about good friends and falling in love, making music and breaking all the rules, longing and loneliness - about growing into adulthood, deciding for yourself and believing that the future will be just fine.
16-year-old Benni is sent by his parents to a boarding school. It's his fifth school, and his parents are praying that he will finally overcome his math deficiency and graduate. For Benni, life isn't about math... it's about dealing with his typical teenage insecurities, which are compounded by the fact that he is partially handicapped. Although Benni doesn't end up learning much about math, he learns a whole lot about life. On the last day of school at the big summer party, Benni's mother tells him that she has found yet another school where math isn't so important. But Benni has no intention of being the new student again. He has other plans.


Hans-Christian Schmid was born in Altötting in 1965 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. He made his directorial debut in 1989 with the documentary SEKT ODER SELTERS followed by the short DAS LACHENDE GEWITTER, the documentary THE MECHANISM OF THE MIRACLE (DIE MECHANIK DES WUNDERS) and the TV film HIMMEL UND HÖLLE. His breakthrough came in 1995 with IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE (NACH FÜNF IM URWALD). His other highly-acclaimed films include: 23 (1998), CRAZY (2000), DISTANT LIGHTS (LICHTER, 2003), REQUIEM (2006), THE WONDROUS WORLD OF LAUNDRY (DIE WUNDERSAME WELT DER WASCHKRAFT, 2009), STORM (STURM, 2009), and HOME FOR THE WEEKEND (WAS BLEIBT, 2012).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Hans-Christian Schmid
Screenplay Hans-Christian Schmid, Michael Gutmann
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Christoph M. Kaiser
Cast Dagmar Manzel, Robert Stadlober, Tom Schilling, Burghart Klaußner
Producers Thomas Wöbke, Jakob Claussen
Production Company CLAUSSEN+PUTZ Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD
Festivals Locarno 2000 (Piazza), Gijon 2000, London 2000, Oslo 2000, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films)
Awards German Film Award in Silver for Best Feature 2001
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih/Munich

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