Hilde

Hilde

Deutschland 2008/2009, Spielfilm

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The Gift Horse

It is the year 1966. Hildegard Knef comes back to Germany. She is at the peak of her career and is about to perform a concert at Berlin′s Philharmonic Hall. Her appearance marks the first non-classical show ever to be performed in the brand new 2,400-seater concert hall and tickets have been sold out for weeks. It is nonetheless a difficult comeback, with a long and complex history. When her plane arrives in Berlin-Tempelhof she is met by a crowd of enthusiastic journalists. Hilde′s back! – and she′s well prepared. Her gait is purposeful, breezy even, and she puts in a self-confident and witty appearance at a short press conference. Hildegard Knef knows what she wants. She is a professional, a star who doesn′t let anything on. In spite of her euphoric reception in 1966, her trip back to Germany is a depressing one in many ways. Berlin may be the city in which Hildegard Knef grew up and celebrated some of her greatest successes, but it is also the site of her most bitter failures.

After a series of successful films and wrong turns, of hitching up with the right and the wrong men, enduring stultifying boredom in Hollywood and a turbulent love-hate relationship with the German public, Hilde the battler has learnt that there are more important things in life than the pushy world of showbiz. After some soul-searching she discovers that her own experiences in fact contain all the ingredients of the ′Hilde′ that German audiences – and she herself – seemed to have been waiting for. Hildegard Knef was "Die Sünderin" ("The Sinner"); a cinematic dream, an international star and an icon. She was also incredibly cool. In "Hilde", director Kai Wessel tells the story of one woman′s post-war German career.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Kai Wessel
Screenplay:Fred Breinersdorfer, Maria von Heland
Director of photography:Hagen Bogdanski
Editing:Tina Freitag
Music:Martin Todsharow
  
Cast: 
Heike MakatschHildegard Knef
Dan StevensDavid Cameron
Monica BleibtreuElse Bongers
Michael GwisdekGroßvater
Hanns ZischlerErich Pommer
Joe VazRegisseur
Anian ZollnerEwald von Demandowsky
Trystan PütterKurt Hirsch
Johanna GastdorfFrieda Knef
Sylvester GrothBoleslaw Barlog
Roger CiceroRicci Blum
Hary PrinzWilli Forst
Matthew Dylan RobertsHollywood Reporter
Ricky WatsonUS Soldier
Oliver UnkelRequisiteur
Hendrik MaaßRadfahrer
Grischa HuberFrau im Kempinski
Hans BrücknerStalingrader
Susanne MennerSchauspielerin
Rüdiger KühmstedtSchauspieler
Ben PosenerHeimleiter
  
Production company:Egoli Tossell Film AG (Berlin)
Producer:Judy Tossell, Jens Meurer

All Credits

Director:Kai Wessel
Assistant director:Laura Mihartescu
Script supervisor:Britta Butzmühlen (Continuity)
Screenplay:Fred Breinersdorfer, Maria von Heland
Script editor:Kyra Scheurer
Director of photography:Hagen Bogdanski
Assistant camera:Andrea Theis, Andrés Lizana Prado
Clapper loader:Daniel Weber
Steadycam operator:Robert Patzelt
Optical effects:Andreas Schellenberg (VFX)
Lighting design:Janosch Voss
Key grip:Stephan Sommersberg
Production design:Thomas Freudenthal
Art director:Sarah Horton, Dominik Kremerskothen
Set design:Daniele Drobny (Set Decorator), Ruth Barbara Wilbert (Set Decorator), Bettina Lessnig (Szenenbild - Assistenz)
Stand-by props:Axel Kahnt
Make-up artist:Wolfgang Böge, Heiko Schmidt, Manuela Franke, Juliane Hübner
Costume design:Lucie Bates
Editing:Tina Freitag
Sound:Erik Seifert
Special effects:Adolf Wojtinek (SFX)
Stunt co-ordinator:Rainer Werner
Casting:Nina Haun, Nancy Bishop, Leo Davis
Music:Martin Todsharow
  
Cast: 
Heike MakatschHildegard Knef
Dan StevensDavid Cameron
Monica BleibtreuElse Bongers
Michael GwisdekGroßvater
Hanns ZischlerErich Pommer
Joe VazRegisseur
Anian ZollnerEwald von Demandowsky
Trystan PütterKurt Hirsch
Johanna GastdorfFrieda Knef
Sylvester GrothBoleslaw Barlog
Roger CiceroRicci Blum
Hary PrinzWilli Forst
Matthew Dylan RobertsHollywood Reporter
Ricky WatsonUS Soldier
Oliver UnkelRequisiteur
Hendrik MaaßRadfahrer
Grischa HuberFrau im Kempinski
Hans BrücknerStalingrader
Susanne MennerSchauspielerin
Rüdiger KühmstedtSchauspieler
Ben PosenerHeimleiter
  
Voice:Waléra Kanischtscheff (Russischer Kriegsbericherstatter)
Production company:Egoli Tossell Film AG (Berlin)
in co-production with:MMC Independent GmbH (Köln)
in association with:Pictorion Pictures GmbH (Hürth)
Producer:Judy Tossell, Jens Meurer
Co-Producer:Bastie Griese, Ralf Schmitz
Line producer:Anne Leppin
Producer:Eric Benz (Assistenz)
Line producer:Anne Leppin
Unit production manager:Mark Nolting
Location manager:Jutta Schornstein, Alexander Dominitzki, Sandro Silva (Set)
Production assistant:Dorothe Beinemeier
Post-production:Boris Mang
Shoot:24.06.2008-27.08.2008: Berlin,Magdeburg, Köln, Bonn, Südafrika
Original distributor:Warner Bros. Pictures Germany GmbH (Hamburg)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Media (Göttingen), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:3760 m, 137 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.03.2009, 117055, ab 12ahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 12.03.2009

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Originaltitel (DE) Hilde

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Length:3760 m, 137 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.03.2009, 117055, ab 12ahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 12.03.2009
 

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FBW 2009
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