Das Verlangen

Das Verlangen

Deutschland 2001/2002, Spielfilm


The Longing

"The Longing" tells the story of Lena, a minister’s wife delivered from the bleak prison of her marriage through her forbidden and quietly burgeoning love for Paul.
Set in a dreary village in the Swabian-Franconian forest, the seemingly reserved Lena lives with her tyrant of a husband, Johannes in a loveless marriage.

Johannes is the village’s spiritual leader and Lena is his faithful, ever-willing-to-serve wife. Lena’s daily life is characterized by grinding monotony, a life narrowly circumscribed by nursing, organ playing and the duties of the marriage bed.
The mysterious murder of a village girl suddenly knocks this humdrum existence off its tracks. In the wake of these events, Lena discovers the affection and tenderness for which she has always longed in Paul, the village mechanic. This encounter is the start of an emancipation that leads her not to reveal Paul’s secret regarding the girl’s murder, for fear of losing her newly won piece of happiness. In turn it means she has to remain silent, as she has always done in her many years of marriage.
This love ultimately turns Lena herself into a fallen angel.

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All Credits

Director:Iain Dilthey
Screenplay:Iain Dilthey, Silke Parzich
Director of photography:Justus Pankau
Assistant camera:Lothar Heinrich
Still photography:Lothar Heinrich
Lighting design:Tanja Häring
Set design:Karsten Schlienz, Eva Stiebler
Make-up artist:Sybille Nowak
Editing:Barbara Hoffmann
Assistant editor:Silke Steinkamp
Sound:Hamid Tavakoliyan
Audio mixing:Markus Böhm, Hanse Warns
Music:Johannes Kobilke
Susanne-Marie WrageLena
Klaus GrünbergJohannes
Robert LohrPaul
Heidemarie RohwedderMartha
Manfred KranichKommissar
Eva LöbauVerkäuferin
Wolfgang PackhäuserChorleiter
Peter LerchbaumerVater
Sigrid SkoetzElli
Production company:Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH (Ludwigsburg)
in co-production with:Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Stuttgart), Tag/Traum Film- und Videoproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Köln), Samples & Frames (Berlin)
in association with:Artus Postproduktion GmbH (Ludwigsburg)
Producer:Till Schmerbeck
Producer (TV):Saskia von Sanden (SWR)
Executive producer:Till Schmerbeck
Unit production manager:Till Schmerbeck
Location manager:Martin Blankemeyer
Shoot:03.11.2001-30.11.2001: Prevorst (Baden-Württemberg)
Original distributor:Verleih der Filmemacher (München)
Funding:MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:90 min
Format:s16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,66
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 13.05.2004


Originaltitel (DE) Das Verlangen
Arbeitstitel Glaube - Liebe - Hoffnung
weiterer Titel The Longing



Length:90 min
Format:s16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,66
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 13.05.2004


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