Film Info: Wahrheit oder Pflicht

Truth or Dare (Wahrheit oder Pflicht)

Truth or Dare
Scene from "Truth or Dare" (photo © 2pilots Koeln 2004)

A year before her final exam Annika is kicked out of school. Game Over, Rien ne va plus – A disaster! Annika doesn’t dare to tell her parents. So every morning she leaves home pretending to go to school. She is hiding on a scrap yard, waiting for a good opportunity to confess. But the longer she waits the harder it is to tell the truth. She doesn’t want to disappoint anyone and no-one wants to listen to her. So she continues lying. The lie becomes the most important part of Annika’s life and she is struggling to keep up appearances. It’s an adventurous life to be a
liar and it can be romantic too: She meets Kai, her first big love. But Annika’s permanent lying threatens to destroy their love.


Jan Martin Scharf was born in Cologne in 1974. He studied at the New York Film Academy and at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) from 1998-2004, graduating with TRUTH OR DARE (2004, in co-direction with Arne Nolting) which won numerous international awards. Also active as a writer, a selection of his other films includes: the episode THE DRUNKEN WOMAN in the film FRIDAY NIGHT (2002), DER BAUM (short, 2005), numerous episodes of the series ALARM FÜR COBRA 11 (TV, 2005-2010), episodes of IK1 - TOURISTEN IN GEFAHR (TV, 2009), DESSAU DANCERS (2014), and the series WEINBERG (TV, 2014).

Arne Nolting was born in 1972 in Braunschweig and studied Theater, Film und Television Science, Linguistics and Political Science in Cologne and Marburg from 1993-1999. He also participated in the “Script 2000” Development Workshop with Woijech Marczewski and in the seminar “European Script Consultant“ with Philip Parker. He won the Script Award of the Script Workshop of Lower-Saxony 2000 for Stadtkatzen (Citycats). His other script work includes: the science-fiction thriller Logout, the romantic comedy Die Bruecke, the children’s film Das Rollerblade-Rennen, as well as episodes for the ZDF series Alarm fuer Cobra 11- Die Autobahnpolizei.
Genre Drama, Love Story, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Directors Jan Martin Scharf, Arne Nolting
Screenplay Arne Nolting, Jan Martin Scharf
Cinematography Ralf Mendle
Benjamin Ikes
Joerg Follert und Klee
Tim Pannen
Cast Katharina Schüttler, Therese Hämer, Thomas Feist, Torben Liebrecht, Thorsten Merten
Producers Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann
Production Company 2 Pilots Filmproduction/Cologne, in co-production with Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)/Cologne, WDR
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005, Shanghai 2005, Montreal World 2005, Emden 2005, Luenen 2005
Awards Studio Hamburg Young Director's Award 2004, Student's Jury Award Saarbruecken 2005, Silver Zenith Montreal 2005, Promotion Award Emden 2005
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nordmedia, Filmbuero Bremen

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