Etwas Besseres als den Tod

Etwas Besseres als den Tod

Deutschland 2010/2011, TV-Spielfilm

Inhalt

Beats Being Dead

In the summer of 2006, film directors Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler began corresponding with each other on the subjects of film aesthetics, the Berlin School, Germany and the film genre (their correspondence was published in German film magazine "Revolver"). Two years later they decided to continue this theoretical discussion with a joint film project: three individual stories revolving around the same "fait divers": the escape of a convicted criminal from police custody. Graf’s "Komm mir nicht nach" tells the story of a police psychologist who meets old acquaintances while investigating a case. In Petzold’s "Etwas Besseres als den Tod" a young man doing alternative national service experiences a love story without a future. And in Christoph Hochhäusler’s "Eine Minute Dunkel" an indefatigable policeman hunting the escaped prisoner begins to doubt false certainties. Three films, three styles, three exciting approaches, variations, analyses. German television stations made this all possible. As Dominik Graf wrote: "… this work vis-à-vis mainstream TV, at its edges, in contradiction to and yet, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, in commentary on that mainstream – I find and have always found this to be extremely creative."

Source: 61. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Christian Petzold
Screenplay:Christian Petzold
Director of photography:Hans Fromm
Editing:Bettina Böhler
Music:Stefan Will
  
Cast: 
Jacob MatschenzZivildienstleistender Johannes
Luna Zimić MijovićZimmermädchen Ana
Vijessna FerkicSarah Dreier
Rainer BockDr. Dreier
Konstantin FrolovMaik
Florian BartholomäiPhilipp
Stefan KurtEntflohener Sträfing Frank Molesch
Kirsten BlockÄrztin
Deniz PetzoldEdin
Evelyn GundlachVerwahrloste Frau
Kristof GeregaZivildienstleistender
Thomas FränzelPfleger
Eberhard KirchbergKreil
Jeanette HainLKA Polizistin
Frank KesslerLKA Polizist
Philipp OehmeLKA Polizist
  
Production company:Schramm Film Koerner & Weber (Berlin)
Producer:Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

All Credits

Director:Christian Petzold
Assistant director:Ires Jung
Script supervisor:Frédéric Moriette
Screenplay:Christian Petzold
Script editor:Harun Farocki (Beratung)
Director of photography:Hans Fromm
Assistant camera:Matthias Kapinos
Lighting design:Christoph Dehmel-Osterloh
Gaffer:Florian Birch, Matthias Bode
Key grip:Carsten Scharrmann
Set design:Kade Gruber (Szenenbild)
Prop master:Jutta Lilli Erasin, Claudia Hoppmann
Property master:Claudia Hoppmann
Stand-by props:Jutta Lilli Erasin
Make-up artist:Monika Münnich
Costume design:Anette Guther
Editing:Bettina Böhler
Sound:Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Audio mixing:Martin Steyer
Casting:Simone Bär
Music:Stefan Will
  
Cast: 
Jacob MatschenzZivildienstleistender Johannes
Luna Zimić MijovićZimmermädchen Ana
Vijessna FerkicSarah Dreier
Rainer BockDr. Dreier
Konstantin FrolovMaik
Florian BartholomäiPhilipp
Stefan KurtEntflohener Sträfing Frank Molesch
Kirsten BlockÄrztin
Deniz PetzoldEdin
Evelyn GundlachVerwahrloste Frau
Kristof GeregaZivildienstleistender
Thomas FränzelPfleger
Eberhard KirchbergKreil
Jeanette HainLKA Polizistin
Frank KesslerLKA Polizist
Philipp OehmeLKA Polizist
  
Production company:Schramm Film Koerner & Weber (Berlin)
Commissioned by:Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München)
Producer:Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Producer (TV):Bettina Reitz (BR), Jörn Klamroth (Deteto), Gebhard Henke (WDR), Frank Tönsmann (WDR)
Unit production manager:Dorissa Berninger
Location manager:Matthias Ruppelt
Shoot:30.08.2010-04.10.2010: Thüringer Wald
DVD distributor:Telepool GmbH (München)
Length:88 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 09.05.2011, 127656, ab 12 Jahre [DVD]
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 16.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Forum;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 29.08.2011, ARD

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Etwas Besseres als den Tod
Reihentitel (DE) Dreileben

Versions

Original

Length:88 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 09.05.2011, 127656, ab 12 Jahre [DVD]
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 16.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Forum;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 29.08.2011, ARD
 

Awards

2012
Adolf-Grimme-Preis, Fiktion
 
Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2011
Besondere Leistung Fiktion
 
Festival des deutschen Films, Ludwigshafen 2011
Besondere Auszeichnung