Der Ghostwriter

Der Ghostwriter

Frankreich / USA / Deutschland 2009/2010, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Ghostwriter

"The Ghost" – a successful British ghostwriter – has been asked to write the memoirs of Prime Minister Adam Lang. The publishers have promised Lang millions for his book and time is running out. For the ghost the assignment means a giant leap in his career, and a princely fee. But the project is ill-fated from the outset, not least because the first writer, Lang’s long-standing advisor, has just been killed in a tragic accident.

Brushing his misgivings aside the new man travels to the Atlantic island Martha’s Vineyard, where the ex-prime minister and his wife Ruth have retreated together with a small team including the prime minister’s attractive assistant, Amelia Bly. But the island’s peace is deceptive: Lang’s holiday home is tantamount to a maximum security prison. What secret is contained in the book manuscript in the safe that cannot leave the house?

No sooner does the ghostwriter arrive on the island than a top-ranking British politician accuses Lang of having condoned the arrest of some alleged terrorists who were subsequently handed over to the CIA in secret; moreover, since the men were tortured – allegedly with Lang’s know - ledge – this implicates him in a war crime. The accusation causes the press and enraged demonstrators to spring into action and, before long, the premier’s house is besieged. In the midst of all the commotion the ghostwriter makes a discovery that puts the clever ex-premier in a completely different light. He comes across a global conspiracy and the knowledge suddenly puts his life in great danger. Can he bring the truth to light, before it’s too late?

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Roman Polanski
Screenplay:Roman Polanski
Director of photography:Paweł Edelman
Editing:Hervé de Luze
Music:Alexandre Desplat
  
Cast: 
Ewan McGregorThe Ghost
Pierce BrosnanAdam Lang
Olivia WilliamsRuth Lang
Kim CattrallAmelia Bly
Timothy HuttonSidney Kroll
James BelushiJames Maddox
Tim FaradayBarry
Tom WilkinsonPaul Emmett
Eli WallachAlter Mann im Weinberg
Glenn ConroyBarkeeper
Jaymes ButlerF.B.I Officer
Marianne GraffamLucy
Kate CopelandAlice
Soogi KangDep
Stuart AustenLeibwächter
Hans-Peter SussnerLeibwächter
Robert WallhöferLeibwächter
Andy GütigLeibwächter
Michael S. RuscheinskyCNN Reporter
Mo AsumangUS Secretary of State
  
Production company:R. P. Productions (Paris), Summit International (USA), Studio Babelsberg GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
Producer:Alain Sarde, Robert Benmussa

All Credits

Director:Roman Polanski
2nd Unit director:Ralph Remstedt
Assistant director:Ralph Remstedt, Caroline Veyssière
Screenplay:Roman Polanski
based on:Robert Harris (Roman)
Director of photography:Paweł Edelman
Camera operator:Volker Langhoff
Assistant camera:Rafael Jeneral
2nd Camera unit:Michael Rutkowski (Regie), Markus Pohlus
Steadycam operator:Markus Pohlus
Optical effects:Denis Behnke (Leitung), Jens Dunkel
Still photography:Guy Ferrandis
Lighting design:Albrecht Silberberger
Key grip:Elmar Suska
Production design:Albrecht Konrad
Art director:David Scheunemann, Steve Summersgill, Cornelia Ott
Set design:Bernhard Henrich, Michael Fissneider
Prop master:Marcus Haendgen
Make-up artist:Didier Lavergne, Julia Lechner, Katrin Westerhausen, Juliane Hübner
Costume design:Dinah Collin
Costumes:Theresa Anna Luther
Editing:Hervé de Luze
Assistant editor:Etienne Boussac
Sound editor:Tyhomas Desjonqueres
Sound:Jean-Marie Blondel
Audio mixing:Dean Humphreys
Stunts:Matthias Günther (Double Pierce Brosnan)
Casting:Fiona Weir
Music:Alexandre Desplat
  
Cast: 
Ewan McGregorThe Ghost
Pierce BrosnanAdam Lang
Olivia WilliamsRuth Lang
Kim CattrallAmelia Bly
Timothy HuttonSidney Kroll
James BelushiJames Maddox
Tim FaradayBarry
Tom WilkinsonPaul Emmett
Eli WallachAlter Mann im Weinberg
Glenn ConroyBarkeeper
Jaymes ButlerF.B.I Officer
Marianne GraffamLucy
Kate CopelandAlice
Soogi KangDep
Stuart AustenLeibwächter
Hans-Peter SussnerLeibwächter
Robert WallhöferLeibwächter
Andy GütigLeibwächter
Michael S. RuscheinskyCNN Reporter
Mo AsumangUS Secretary of State
  
Production company:R. P. Productions (Paris), Summit International (USA), Studio Babelsberg GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
in co-production with:France 2 Cinéma (Paris), Runteam Productions Ltd. (London)
Producer:Alain Sarde, Robert Benmussa
Co-Producer:Carl L. Woebcken, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Timothy Burrill
Executive producer:Sonja B. Zimmer
Line producer:Oliver Lüer
Unit production manager:Gabriele Lins
Location manager:Frank Zahl
Production coordinator:Tine Hoefke, Felix Manthey (Assistenz)
Post-production:Guy Courtecuisse
Shoot:04.02.2009-30.04.2009: Sylt, Usedom, Pellworm, Berlin; Studio Babelsberg Potsdam-Babelsberg
Original distributor:Kinowelt Film Entertainment GmbH (Leipzig)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg)
Length:128 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 12.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 18.02.2010

Titles

Originaltitel (US FR) The Ghost Writer
Originaltitel (DE) Der Ghostwriter
Arbeitstitel (US) The Ghost

Versions

Original

Length:128 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 12.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 18.02.2010
 

Awards

Europäischer Filmpreis 2010
Beste Regie
Beste Filmmusik
Beste Production Design
Bestes Drehbuch
Bester Hauptdarsteller
Bester Film
 
FBW 2010
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
 
IFF Berlin 2009
Silberner Bär, Beste Regie