Film Info: Farland

Farland

Farland
Laura Tonke in "Farland" (photo © zero film/RBB)

Although Farland is set in the disturbing atmosphere of an intensive-care unit, Axel and Karla's story unfolds on a light poetic note. The film builds on the fascinating interplay between the dramatic everyday events in an intensive-care ward, where life seems to stand still, and the pulsating pace of the outside world, together with the contrast between tragedy and comedy.

Axel and Karla are an ill-matched couple in a borderline situation. The two meet in the hospital. Axel is keeping watch at his son's bedside and Karla is waiting for some sign of life from her sister. None of the doctors can tell them whether the young couple will come out of their comas after their serious accident. As the weeks of uncertainty, fear and tedium pass by, a peculiar relationship develops between Axel and Karla, sustaining both of them. The questions they put to their unknown counterpart increasingly become the questions they are asking themselves...


Michael Klier was born in Karlovy Vary and lived for many years in Paris. He studied Philosophy and History in Berlin. His first film Der Riese (1983), a documentary about video surveillance, won several international prizes. Thereafter, he developed his artistic signature with films such as the award-winning Ueberall ist es besser, wo wir nicht sind (1989) and Ostkreuz (1991), Out of America (documentary, 1994), Heidi M (2001), Ein Mann boxt sich durch (2001) from 99euro-films, Farland (2004), and Age and Beauty (Alter und Schoenheit, 2008), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Michael Klier
Screenplay Michael Klier, Undine Damkoehler
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Neil Black, World Standard
Ingo von Heland, Tom Bewermeier
Cast Laura Tonke, Richy Müller, Daniel Brühl, Karina Fallenstein, Thure Lindhardt, Fabian Busch
Producer Martin Hagemann
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with ARTE, RBB, WDR
Length 90 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor X Verleih

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