Film Info: Falling Rocks

Falling Rocks

Falling Rocks

A chartered DC3 Cargo-Liner flies a group of five friends across the wilderness of South Africa. Their destination, Nowhere; an abandoned airstrip close to the Namibian border. From here on the group starts a hiking trip, back to nature, away from the big city lights. For the first night, they set up camp next to a river. Sitting around the campfire they tell each other stories from past times, drink whisky and enjoy their company. Everyone is in a happy camper mood.
Early next morning, they find the body of a dead parachutist by the river. The group examines the corpse and finds a box filled with uncut diamonds, roughly valued at $6 million. What to do? Inform the police? Turn back? But how? They can only move forward, there's no way back! No mobile phones, nor any other means of communication! Only at the end of their trip will they be able to inform the authorities. But do they really want to do that?
Subtle discords begin to grumble and growl inside their heads, conflicts break out in the open. It's not a good start for a trip back to nature. On the second day one of the group is killed, on the third day another. The circumstances are mysterious. Are they being followed? The deaths continue day by day until only two members of the group remain. A man and a woman. The trek through the wilderness has turned into a struggle of life and death.


Peter Keglevic is one of the most distinctive directors and script writers in the German film and television business. He began his successful career 24 years ago directing the TV movie Im Zossener Bad, for which he also wrote the script. This was followed by, among others, the feature film Tragique (1977) and the TV movies Der Zauberlehrling (1977), Auf freiem Fuss (1978), Zuhaus in der Fremde (1979) and Die Jahre Vergehen (1980). In the years that followed, some of his most important works were the feature films Bella Donna (1982), The Cop and the Girl (1985) as well as the TV movies Das Milliardenspiel (1988) and Dort oben im Wald bei diesen Leuten (1989). From 1993–1998, he directed a series of productions for the private broadcaster RTL, among them Kommissar Beck – Der Polizistenmoerder (1993), Der Tag der Abrechnung (1994), Die Roy Black Story (1996), for which he received the RTL Golden Lion, as well as the thriller Vicky’s Nightmare (1997) starring Katja Flint and Christoph Waltz, Falling Rocks (1999), Dance with the Devil (Der Tanz mit dem Teufel, TV, 2001), and Betty (2002).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Peter Keglevic
Screenplay Ed Gardiner, Ron Peer
Cinematography Alexander Fischerkoesen, Hans-Guenther Buecking
Moune Barius
Juergen Ecke
Cast Koen de Bouw, Claudia Michelsen, Christoph Waltz, Anica Dobra, Chiara Schoras
Producers Herbert Gehr, Daniel C. Witte, Tom Zickler
Production Company TTD Checkpoint Berlin Filmproductions, in co-production with SevenPictures Film
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Munich 2000, Montreal 2000
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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