Halbschatten

Halbschatten

Deutschland / Frankreich 2011-2013, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Everyday Objects

On an overcast summer’s day, Merle arrives at her lover Romuald’s villa, jacket and luggage in hand, to find the doors are locked. He had invited her to visit him in the south of France but seems to have headed off somewhere. She thus has to come to some arrangement with his uncooperative children, help celebrate Emma’s 13th birthday and put up with Felix’s impudence, the 16-year-old son who sees her presence as a provocation.

It doesn’t take long for the host’s absence to become barely noticeable. The plot centres on Merle, on her attempts to fit in, to take on this unexpected role as naturally as possible. In a particularly striking scene, she gets into an argument with the local baker, who refuses to give her a cake ordered for Emma’s birthday. Merle loses the battle of wills. When Romuald finally calls, she decides to side with his children rather than her distant lover, and quietly enjoys her breakthrough.

With great empathy and subtlety, Nicolas Wackerbarth’s "Halbschatten" creates a portrait of a person ill at ease with being the centre of attention, in the glaring sunlight.

Source: 63. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Nicolas Wackerbarth
Assistant director:Anne Drees
Screenplay:Nicolas Wackerbarth
Director of photography:Reinhold Vorschneider
Assistant camera:Andreas Haas
Lighting design:Sven Meyer
Production design:Beatrice Schulz
Stand-by props:Ayhan Vanelli
Make-up artist:Monika Münnich
Costume design:Manfred Marpa Schneider
Editing:Janina Herhoffer
Assistant editor:Maja Tennstedt
Sound design:Emil Klotzsch
Sound:William Franck
Sound assistant:Etienne Haug
Casting:Ulrike Müller, Susanne Ritter, Marie de Laubier, Louise Kiely
Music:Olivier Mellano
  
Cast: 
Anne Ratte-PolleMerle
Emma BadingEmma
Leonard ProxaufFelix
Nathalie RichardOlga
Maren KroymannJohanna
Lou CastelDaniel
Jean-Christophe FollyKalu
Maria LaboritVerkäuferin
David FennellyMat
Soroosh LavasaniDarian
Henry ArnoldRomuald
Laurent PonsHausmeister
  
Production company:Unafilm GmbH (Köln)
in co-production with:Les Films d’Antoine (Paris), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Arte G.E.I.E. (Straßburg)
Producer:Titus Kreyenberg, Antoine Simkine
Producer (TV):Andrea Hanke (WDR), Georg Steinert (Arte)
Unit production manager:Heino Herrenbrück, Jérôme Brière
Location manager:Thomas Dittmar
Shoot:28.09.2011-05.11.2011:
Original distributor:Farbfilm Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutsch-Französisches Filmabkommen (DE FR)
Length:80 min
Format:DCP, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 28.06.2013, 139629, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2013, Berlin, IFF - Forum;
Kinostart (DE): 01.08.2013

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Originaltitel (DE) Halbschatten

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Length:80 min
Format:DCP, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 28.06.2013, 139629, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2013, Berlin, IFF - Forum;
Kinostart (DE): 01.08.2013
 

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