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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2014

Shooting wrapped in Hamburg in April on X Filme Creative Pool’s first collaboration with the writer-director team of Daniel Nocke and Stefan Krohmer on the black road movie-thriller GIRL ON ICE (MÄDCHEN IM EIS).

“I like their sense of humor which goes very much in the direction of the Coen brothers in this film,” says producer Stefan Arndt about Nocke and Krohmer, who have worked together continuously for the past 15 years on such films as END OF THE SEASON, THEY’VE GOT KNUT, SUMMER ‘04 and DUTSCHKE.

Newcomer Lucie Heinze (DAS HOCHZEITSVIDEO) plays the young woman Winja who travels to Russia’s frozen North to look for her sweetheart: she finds him there, but also comes across an old Russian oligarch (played by actor-producer Aleksei Guskov) whose concepts of morals and justice have gone awry. Other lead male parts are taken by Yuri Kolokolnikov (GAME OF THRONES) and Anton Pampushnyy (MINNESOTA).

GIRL ON ICE also marks X Filme’s second collaboration with Guskov and his company Studio F.A.F. after their positive experiences together on Achim von Borries’ FOUR DAYS IN MAY. “X Filme has shown in the past that we can make films which are also understood abroad and we have developed a really international project here,” Arndt explains. “Together with Aleksei, we have produced a film with a thoroughly European idea – because, for us, Russia is as much a part of Europe as Italy and France are.”

Admittedly, the production was no walk in the park, with shooting on the Kola Peninsula near to Murmansk in February and March in sub-zero temperatures. But, unlike X Filme’s production of Tom Tykwer’s WINTER SLEEPERS in Bavaria back in 1996, the crew didn’t have to import any snow! “We were above the Arctic Circle and there was as much snow as we would ever need,” Arndt recalls. “The greatest challenge, though, was more on a practical level with the differences in mentalities the further you are from Moscow.”

GIRL ON ICE will be released by X Verleih in Germany at the beginning of 2015.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Stefan Krohmer
Screenplay Daniel Nocke
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Cast Aleksei Guskov, Lucie Heinze, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Evgen Bal, Anton Pampushnyy, Maria Semenova, Elena Laskavaya, Sacha Slobodyanik
Producers Andrea Schütte, Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott
Co-Producer Aleksei Guskov
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ZAO Studio F.A.F./Moscow, BR, WDR, ARTE
 English, Russian
Shooting Dates February-April 2014
Festivals Moscow 2015
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Bavarian Film Prize
German Distributor X Verleih

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10785 Berlin/Germany
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