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Counterparts (Gegenueber)

Counterparts
Scene from "Counterparts" (photo courtesy of Heimatfilm)

Policeman Georg is very popular amongst his colleagues for always being calm and cool-headed. His partner Michael also admires him for his apparently harmonic marriage with Anne, an attractive primary school teacher.

When a promotion is announced to Georg, he begins to lose control over the carefully maintained façade of his "intact" family. During Christmas season the conflicts that have been dominating the couple's life for years start to surface: Anne’s struggle for recognition. The patronizing of her parents. Georg’s attempt to always suit everybody. Their children that helplessly look away – while the traces of domestic violence can no longer be hidden.

Under the Christmas tree tragedy unfolds - "It ain’t no drama, Anne!“ – Well, yes, it is.


Jan Bonny was born in 1979. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), as well as at the Binger Lab in Amsterdam and Torino Film Lab. His films, which have screened at numerous international festivals and art associations, include: 2ND AND A (short, 2003), COUNTERPARTS (2008), BOOGIEMAN (short, 2015), SINGLE (experimental, 2015), RHEINGOLD (experimental, 2016), ÜBER BARBAROSSAPLATZ (TV, 2016), VON DA AN (experimental, 2018) and GERMANY. A WINTER’S TALE (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Jan Bonny
Screenplay Christina Ebelt, Jan Bonny
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Stefan Stabenow
Tim Pannen
Cast Anne Ratte-Polle, Susanne Bormann, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Matthias Brandt, Victoria Trauttmansdorff
Producer Bettina Brokemper
Production Company Heimatfilm/Cologne, in cooperation with WDR
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Cannes 2007 (Directors' Fortnight), Warsaw 2007 (German Panorama), Sevilla 2007, Goeteborg 2008, Berlin 2008 (German Cinema), Hong Kong 2008, Shanghai 2008
Awards Special Mention by the CICAE Jury Cannes 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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