Gegenüber

Gegenüber

Deutschland 2006/2007, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Counterparts
Georg Hoffmann is a calm and collected police officer with little ambition and is not what you think of as a hero. But one day he manages to save the life of his younger partner Michael during a dangerous operation, and is to be given a promotion for the action. He is also admired by his colleagues for his apparently harmonious marriage with primary school teacher Anne. But the family bliss is only on the surface. Anne is almost obsessed with the lack of recognition she gets, which finds expression in outbreaks of verbal and sometimes physical abuse. It gets so bad that Georg doesn′t even dare to tell her about saving Michael or that their son had decided to quit his studies. In their weekly visits to Anne′s parents they have to endure her father′s scorn and contempt for her and her "loser" of a husband as he writes out a cheque to help pay for his grandchildren′s studies. The rickety balance in the familial drama begins to teeter dangerously when Georg invites his colleagues over for a beer and Anne begins to flirt outrageously with Georg′s partner Michael.

First time feature filmer Jan Bonny has captured the intimate details of this marital warfare with a hand-held camera. Bonny: "Gegenüber" is above all about dependencies, love and fear … Violence is only the core of the story… But through violence the narrative′s drama, the shame of the protagonists and the way they experience their own shortcomings flare up again and again … There is hardly any escape from this situation."

Source: 58. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Jan Bonny
Screenplay:Jan Bonny, Christina Ebelt
Director of photography:Bernhard Keller
Editing:Stefan Stabenow
Music:Sonoton München (München)
  
Cast: 
Matthias BrandtGeorg Hoffmann
Victoria TrauttmansdorffAnne Hoffmann
Wotan Wilke MöhringMichael Gleiwitz
Susanne BormannDenise
Anna BrassMarie Hoffmann
Pablo Ben-YakovLukas Hoffmann
Jochen StriebeckHans Josef
Maria KörberMechthild
Claus-Dieter ClausnitzerAndreas Hinreich
Ole OhlsonRobert
Özgür ÖzataAhmed Celik
Anne Ratte-PolleSabrina
Till ButterbachPolizeikollege
Guntram BrattiaArzt
Max LimperKollege
  
Production company:Heimatfilm GmbH + Co KG (Köln)
Producer:Bettina Brokemper

All Credits

Director:Jan Bonny
Assistant director:Friedemann Roll
Screenplay:Jan Bonny, Christina Ebelt
Script editor:Sonja Heiss (Beratung)
Director of photography:Bernhard Keller
Assistant camera:Max Wiesenecker
Clapper loader:Jens Nolte
Lighting design:Henry Notroff
Set design:Tim Pannen (Szenenbild), Alexander Wunderlich (Assistenz)
Prop master:Michael Kalden, Sabine Steudter
Make-up artist:Nancy Friedrich
Special make-up effects:Sarah Wirtz
Costume design:Frauke Firl
Editing:Stefan Stabenow
Sound design:Rainer Heesch
Sound:Martin Witte
Sound assistant:Bastian Büßer
Audio mixing:Tobias Fleig, Tobias Fleig
Casting:Susanne Ritter
Music:Sonoton München (München)
  
Cast: 
Matthias BrandtGeorg Hoffmann
Victoria TrauttmansdorffAnne Hoffmann
Wotan Wilke MöhringMichael Gleiwitz
Susanne BormannDenise
Anna BrassMarie Hoffmann
Pablo Ben-YakovLukas Hoffmann
Jochen StriebeckHans Josef
Maria KörberMechthild
Claus-Dieter ClausnitzerAndreas Hinreich
Ole OhlsonRobert
Özgür ÖzataAhmed Celik
Anne Ratte-PolleSabrina
Till ButterbachPolizeikollege
Guntram BrattiaArzt
Max LimperKollege
  
Production company:Heimatfilm GmbH + Co KG (Köln)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
Producer:Bettina Brokemper
Producer (TV):Andrea Hanke (WDR)
Line producer:Johannes Rexin
Unit production manager:Rüdiger Jordan
Location manager:Laura Einmahl
Shoot:07.11.2006-18.12.2006: Essen und Umgebung
Original distributor:W-Film Filmproduktion & Filmverleih (Köln)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
Length:96 min
Format:Super16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung (FR): 20.05.2007, Cannes, IFF - Quinzaine des réalisateurs;
Erstaufführung (DE): 24.06.2007, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 11.10.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 13.07.2009, ARD

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Gegenüber

Versions

Original

Length:96 min
Format:Super16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung (FR): 20.05.2007, Cannes, IFF - Quinzaine des réalisateurs;
Erstaufführung (DE): 24.06.2007, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 11.10.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 13.07.2009, ARD
 

Awards

Filmfest München 2007
Förderpreis Deutscher Film, Drehbuch