Der Lebensversicherer

Der Lebensversicherer

Deutschland 2005/2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Running On Empty

He knew it would take a long time – but this long? Insurance salesman Burkhard Wagner left his family promising them a better life on his return. All he has to do is sell enough policies. But time drags on and Burkhard turns into the Flying Dutchman of Germany’s motorways. His contact with his family now boils down to him leaving the odd report on the answering machine. Nevertheless, Burkhard sticks resolutely to his plan. But then, shortly before he has sold all his policies, he runs out of steam – mentally and spiritually.


He meets luckless Carolin at a motorway service station. Business at Carolin’s small hotel by the motorway has been in the doldrums for years but here, after years of restless perigrinating, Burkhard at last finds a bit of peace and happiness. The pair share a love of French chansons and are both lonely – in spite of being together.

But somebody like Burkhard isn’t the type who sticks around. Carolin seems to realise this more than anyone. And this is why she accompanies him, like a guardian angel, on his last and most difficult journey – back to real life.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Bülent Akinci
Screenplay:Bülent Akinci
Director of photography:Henner Besuch
Editing:Inge Schneider, Inge Baz
Music:Wim Mertens
  
Cast: 
Jens HarzerBurkhard Wagner
Marina GalicCarolin Wagner
Anna Maria MüheHeike
Christian BlümelCharlie
Mehdi NebbouRachid
Tom JahnWalter Rösler
Eva MannschottFrau Hufschmidt
Oliver MarloHerr Hauser
Birgit FunkeBusfahrerin
Patrizia MorescoFrau Wokalek
Hussi KutlucanHerr Wokalek
Daniel JeromaAutowäscher
Lukas WeertsPhilippe
Irina PotapenkoLarissa
Susanne MennerGast
  
Production company:Razor Film Produktion GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner

All Credits

Director:Bülent Akinci
Assistant director:Franca Drewes
Script supervisor:Manfred Behrndt (Continuity)
Screenplay:Bülent Akinci
Director of photography:Henner Besuch
Assistant camera:Teja Schwede
Steadycam operator:Matthias Biber
Optical effects:Matthias Albrecht (Digitaler Filmschnitt)
Lighting design:Martin Grothe
Key grip:Branco Schlicht
Set design:Benedikt Lange (Szenenbild)
Title:Ollie Peters (Titeldesign), Sven Zuege (Titeldesign)
Make-up artist:Iris Jäger
Costume design:Dagmar Fabisch
Editing:Inge Schneider, Inge Baz
Assistant editor:André Nier
Sound editor:Daniel Iribarren, Fabian Schmidt
Sound:Patrick Veigel
Sound assistant:Hans-Jörg Bramm
Casting:Tina Böckenhauer
Music:Wim Mertens
  
Cast: 
Jens HarzerBurkhard Wagner
Marina GalicCarolin Wagner
Anna Maria MüheHeike
Christian BlümelCharlie
Mehdi NebbouRachid
Tom JahnWalter Rösler
Eva MannschottFrau Hufschmidt
Oliver MarloHerr Hauser
Birgit FunkeBusfahrerin
Patrizia MorescoFrau Wokalek
Hussi KutlucanHerr Wokalek
Daniel JeromaAutowäscher
Lukas WeertsPhilippe
Irina PotapenkoLarissa
Susanne MennerGast
  
Production company:Razor Film Produktion GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz), Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH (dffb) (Berlin)
in association with:H & V Entertainment GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig)
Producer:Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
Producer (TV):Claudia Tronnier
Line producer:Gerhard Meixner
Unit production manager:Kathrin Isberner, Eva Weerts
Location manager:Ron Schuster
Shoot:12.04.2005-30.05.2005: Berlin und Umgebung
Original distributor:Zorro Filmverleih GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:95 min
Format:Super16mm -Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 17.11.2006, 108179, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 14.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 07.12.2006;
TV-Erstsendung: 09.07.2007, ZDF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der Lebensversicherer

Versions

Original

Length:95 min
Format:Super16mm -Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 17.11.2006, 108179, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 14.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 07.12.2006;
TV-Erstsendung: 09.07.2007, ZDF
 

Awards

IFF Moskau 2006
Silberner St. Georg, Bester Darsteller
Diplom der russischen Gilde für Filmkritik MFFI
 
IFF Berlin 2006
Dialogue en Perspective