Film Info: Unscarred, The

Unscarred, The

Unscarred, The

When four friends meet twenty years later, they discover that trust is a strong basis for deception.

It's 1979 and at the Stanford University villa in Berlin a wild frat party is in full force. Mickey Vernon, a young basketball prodigy, and his best friend Travis Moore, handsome, rich and privileged, are competing in a drinking contest for the affections of their friend, Rafaella Storaro. Johann Alt is referee. When things suddenly turn ugly Mickey's sporting career is ruined.

20 years later: Mickey works in a rundown factory in Newark NJ. Saddled with serious gambling debts, he unexpectedly gets a call from Travis inviting him back to Berlin to see Johann and Rafaella, who are married and extremely successful. In Berlin they go out for a night on the town. In an East Berlin club, Travis picks up a girl and takes her to Johann's place. In the morning Mickey finds her lying in a pool of blood. Travis, horrified at what has happened, tries to explain that she accidentally fell from the balcony. He wants to call the police but Mickey bullies them into reconsidering: No one will believe that it was an accident. Reluctantly, they wrap up the body for disposal. Bitter about his life, Mickey savours the idea that he finally has one up on his successful friends. But this dangerous game of betrayal and revenge will leave no survivor unscarred.


Buddy Giovinazzo graduated with a Masters in Cinema from the College of Staten Island. As writer-director his credits include Combat Shock (1985) and No Way Home (1995) starring Tim Roth, James Russo and Deborah Unger. He has directed a number of music videos for Amar Records and has produced and directed the documentary Slice of Life, about body modification and scarification. From 1985-1995, he taught directing and filmmaking at the New York's School of Visual Arts and New York University. As an author he penned, among others, the novel Poetry and Purgatory (1995) and the original screenplay She's Back (1998).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Buddy Giovinazzo
Screenplay Todd Komarnicki, Karl Junghans
Cinematography Rodger Hinrichs
Katja Dringenberg
Rick Giovinazzo
Cast Heino Ferch, Steven Waddington, James Russo, Ornella Muti
Producers Karen Arikian, Wolfram Tichy, Christopher Petzel
Production Companies TiMe Film- und TV Produktion/Babelsberg, Vif International Films, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Mercent Filmproduktion, London
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
With backing from German Federal Film Board

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