Film Info: Nachts im Park

At Night in the Park (Nachts im Park)

At Night in the Park

The brilliant heart surgeon Dr. Steffen Hennings watches his attractive female colleague Dr. Katharina Lumis through the windows of her living room. Since the tragic death of his beloved wife in a car crash he survived, Steffen has not been able to bring himself to do more than admire women from afar. Hidden in the park that borders on Katharina's back yard, Steffen is spellbound as she lights a cigarette and slowly takes off her clothes. Then he slips quietly away, unaware of a dead woman's body lying only inches from where he just stood. The next day, police inspector Dremmler storms the hospital and arrests Steffen while he is in the middle of surgery. While Steffen is being interrogated, the police psychologist Dr. Rosenblum barges in and begins to grill the doctor with his hypothesis of how the murder took place. When the irate Katharina also barges in, Steffen takes advantage of the ensuing chaos and takes Rosenblum hostage, fleeing with him. Steffen tries to convince the psychologist of his innocence, but Rosenblum is skeptical; the last time he trusted a suspected killer, one of his colleagues paid for it with a debilitating injury. Pursued by the police as well as killers hired by the dead woman's fiancé, the two men struggle with their own inner ghosts as they set out to find the truth.


Uwe Janson was born in 1959. He began his film career with the short RASTLOS (1987). It was only two years later that he directed the highly-acclaimed feature film VERFOLGTE WEGE (1989), which won a German Camera Award in 1990 and a Bavarian Film Award in 1990 for Best Young Direction. A selection of his award-winning films includes: the TV movies BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS (1991), TO RUN AND TO DIE (1994), THE THERAPIST (1997), RHAPSODY IN BLOOD (1998), WHISKY SOUR (2000), DIE GEISELN VON COSTA RICA (2000), MS. CUPID (2001), VULKAN (2009), THE SINKING OF THE LACONIA (2011), and the feature film AT NIGHT IN THE PARK (2001).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Uwe Janson
Screenplay Jens Urban
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Ingo Ehrlich
Oliver Biehler
Bertram Strauss
Cast Heino Ferch, Heike Makatsch, Pasquale Aleardi
Producers Helmut G. Weber, Thomas Springer
Production Company Tradewind Pictures/Cologne, in co-production with SRF/Zurich, Teleclub/Zurich, Fama Film/Zurich, Avrora Media/Berlin, MMC Independent/Cologne
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Highlight Film, Stockdorf

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