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BLISS (GLÜCK)

BLISS
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BLISS tells the story of the unlikely union between two troubled youngsters living in Berlin. Irina is a war refugee turned prostitute, and Kalle is a homeless Punk. When they meet, they quickly fall for each other in spite of their shyness and the mutual suspicion that's part of life on the street. Against the odds they manage to find a kind of stability and build a life together, living in a small apartment that Irina uses as her office. One day one of Irina’s clients drops dead and she flees in panic. When Kalle returns home and finds the corpse, he decides he will stop at nothing to defend the bliss he has found with the woman he loves…

BLISS is based on a short story from Ferdinand von Schirach’s best-selling novel Crime, which has been sold in over 30 countries.


Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover. After studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her award-winning films include: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART (MITTEN INS HERZ, 1983), INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (IN INNEREN DES WALS, 1984), MEN (MÄNNER, 1985), PARADISE (PARADIES, 1986), ME AND HIM (ICH UND ER, 1988), MONEY (GELD, 1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TÜRKE!, 1992), NOBODY LOVES ME (KEINER LIEBT MICH, 1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (BIN ICH SCHÖN?,1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT, 2000), "NAKED" (NACKT, 2002), THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET ENOUGH (DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU – WARUM FRAUEN NIE GENUG BEKOMMEN, 2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI, 2008), THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE, 2010), BLISS (GLÜCK, 2011), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (ALLES INKLUSIVE, 2014), and GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA, 2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Cast Alba Rohrwacher, Vinzenz Kiefer, Matthias Brandt, Oliver Nägele, Maren Kroymann, Christina Große
Producers Oliver Berben, Martin Moszkowicz, Ruth Stadler
Co-Producer Rainer Curdt
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with Rainer Curdt Filmproduktion/Schöppenstedt
Length 112 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2012, International Women's FF Seoul 2012, Molodist Kyiv 2012, Sao Paulo 2012, Bratislava 2013
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2012 (Best Directing)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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