Elementarteilchen

Elementarteilchen

Deutschland 2005/2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Elementary Particles

In spite of, or perhaps on account of its author’s confrontational grappling with taboos, Michel Houellebecqs grotesque portrait of society encapsulated in his 1998 novel "Les Particules élémentaires" (Atomised) acquired cult status almost immediately following its publication. For his screen adaptation of a work often described as ‘the scandalous novel of the outgoing twentieth century’, director Oskar Roehler has decided to transpose events to Berlin, shortly after the millennium.


Michael and Bruno are half-brothers. They could not be more different. Their mother, Jane, once led the carefree life of a member of the jet set, while her sons grew up apart with their grandmothers. Michael, an introverted molecular biologist who is completely disinterested in sex, is far more attracted to genetic research than he is to women; Bruno’s contacts with the opposite sex are either manifested in his head – or in the bordello. But then, the two brothers finally encounter the loves of their lives. Michael meets an old school friend, Annabelle. These two have always felt shyly drawn to each other, ever since they were children. Bruno and Christiane meet at an esoteric holiday camp. In Christiane, Bruno has at last found someone with whom he can live out his sexual obsessions. But the brothers’ happiness proves to be short-lived when both women fall fatally ill. Bruno and Michael find themselves faced with an ultimatum: either to go back to their familiar loneliness, or broach the unknown in the shape of life as a couple…

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Oskar Roehler
Screenplay:Oskar Roehler
Director of photography:Carl-F. Koschnick
Editing:Peter R. Adam
Music:Martin Todsharow
  
Cast: 
Moritz BleibtreuBruno
Christian UlmenMichael
Martina GedeckChristiane
Franka PotenteAnnabelle
Nina HossJane
Uwe OchsenknechtVater Bruno
Corinna HarfouchDr. Schäfer
Ulrike KrienerAnnabelles Mutter
Jasmin TabatabaiYogini
Michael GwisdekProf. Fleißer
Herbert KnaupSollers
Tom SchillingJunger Michael
Thomas DrechselJunger Bruno
Nina KronjägerKatja
Katharina PalmSchwester Klara
Jelena WeberJunge Annabelle
Jennifer UlrichJohanna
Shawn LawtonWalser
Birgit SteinAnne
Simon BoerJanes Lover
Franziska SchlattnerEllen
Thorsten MertenHubert
Deborah KaufmannHannelore
Uwe-Dag BerlinAnnabelles Arzt
Hermann BeyerAnnabelles Vater
Ingeborg WestphalHippiefrau
Oliver BingeWandlungsfreak
Simon LichtKursleiter
  
Production company:Constantin Film Produktion GmbH (München)
Producer:Bernd Eichinger, Oliver Berben

All Credits

Director:Oskar Roehler
Assistant director:Christian Hoyer
Screenplay:Oskar Roehler
based on:Michel Houellebecq (Roman "Les particules élémentaires")
Director of photography:Carl-F. Koschnick
Assistant camera:Nina Scheele
Key grip:Kenneth Cornils
Set design:Ingrid Henn (Szenenbild)
Prop master:Jan Rott, Andreas Huschke
Make-up artist:Heike Merker, Sabine Schumann
Costume design:Esther Walz
Editing:Peter R. Adam
Assistant editor:Béatrice Pettovich
Sound design:André Bendocchi-Alves
Sound:Manfred Banach
Sound assistant:Ben Krüger
Audio mixing:Martin Steyer
Casting:An Dorthe Braker
Music:Martin Todsharow
  
Cast: 
Moritz BleibtreuBruno
Christian UlmenMichael
Martina GedeckChristiane
Franka PotenteAnnabelle
Nina HossJane
Uwe OchsenknechtVater Bruno
Corinna HarfouchDr. Schäfer
Ulrike KrienerAnnabelles Mutter
Jasmin TabatabaiYogini
Michael GwisdekProf. Fleißer
Herbert KnaupSollers
Tom SchillingJunger Michael
Thomas DrechselJunger Bruno
Nina KronjägerKatja
Katharina PalmSchwester Klara
Jelena WeberJunge Annabelle
Jennifer UlrichJohanna
Shawn LawtonWalser
Birgit SteinAnne
Simon BoerJanes Lover
Franziska SchlattnerEllen
Thorsten MertenHubert
Deborah KaufmannHannelore
Uwe-Dag BerlinAnnabelles Arzt
Hermann BeyerAnnabelles Vater
Ingeborg WestphalHippiefrau
Oliver BingeWandlungsfreak
Simon LichtKursleiter
  
Production company:Constantin Film Produktion GmbH (München)
in co-production with:Moovie - the art of entertainment GmbH (Berlin), German Film Productions (GFP) GmbH & Co. (Berlin)
in association with:Degeto Film GmbH (Frankfurt am Main)
Producer:Bernd Eichinger, Oliver Berben
Co-Producer:David Groenewold
Line producer:Bernhard Thür
Unit production manager:Astrid Kühberger
Location manager:Mark Nolting
Shoot:23.06.2005-: Berlin, Thüringen, Irland
Original distributor:Constantin Film Verleih GmbH (München)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) (Leipzig), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:3084 m, 113 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 01.02.2006, 104962, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 11.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart: 23.02.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 27.03.2008, ARD

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Elementarteilchen

Versions

Original

Length:3084 m, 113 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 01.02.2006, 104962, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 11.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart: 23.02.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 27.03.2008, ARD
 

Awards

IFF Berlin 2006
Silberner Bär, Bester Darsteller