Kalter Frühling

Kalter Frühling

Deutschland 2003/2004, TV-Spielfilm


Cold Spring

When a sexual dare goes very wrong, twenty-two-year-old Sylvia’s life changes in ways she never once imagined.

She suddenly finds herself estranged from her wealthy parents and friends, lost in a maze whose paths lead her to dissolution, poverty, illness and prostitution before she finally finds her way home, regaining her life. Melodramatic? Of course! “It’s the perfect narrative form for this story,” says writer Markus Busch. “You can do so much with it. Everything happens to one character: how she reacts, copes with the situations. At the same time, she isn’t isolated. She has parents, friends, lovers.”
Busch, who studied Fine Arts and then went on to film school in Cologne, “used to read loads of comics. I connected the pictures with words. I wrote because I was unemployed and writing takes up the least space!” And while he is the first to admit he is “not a young woman (!) ... it’s not a problem. I’ve written films where people have murdered and I have no experience in that, either. I simply imagine the characters as I know and see them. They have to be credible. What happens to them has to be possible.”
Directed by Dominik Graf, who also co-wrote (together with Busch) and directed the critically acclaimed 2002 Berlinale competition entry A Map of the Heart (Der Felsen, 2001), Kalter Fruehling is actually the fifth time the two have collaborated.
“I met him at film school,” says Busch, for whom Kalter Fruehling is his eighth film to go into production. “Two years later, I sent him some concepts and layouts. He chose the three he wanted to make and we went ahead!”
The teamwork obviously works well. But, says Busch, “it’s not that I write and he directs. We talk a lot about the material, how it should look. I know his films and, of course, he does it differently to how I would have done it, but I’ve never had a problem letting go of a script and certainly never with Dominik, because I’m curious to see what he will do with it.”
He is not the only one.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH


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All Credits

Director:Dominik Graf
Assistant director:Hendrik Holler
Script supervisor:Heike Manzke
Screenplay:Markus Busch
Director of photography:Hanno Lentz
Lighting design:Klaus Peter Venn
Set design:Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer, Alexander Gutschke (Assistenz)
Prop master:Marillo Ricken
Property master:Clarissa Gütthoff
Stand-by props:Ulrike Gojowczyk
Make-up artist:Dorle Neft, Frauke Horn
Costume design:Barbara Grupp
Costumes:Carolin Schneider, Stefanie Fürst
Editing:Christel Suckow
Sound editor:Kai Storck (Überwachung)
Sound:Wolfgang Schukrafft
Sound assistant:Hadon Install
Foley artist:Wilmont Schulze
Audio mixing:Stefan Korte
Casting:An Dorthe Braker
Music:Dieter Schleip
Jessica SchwarzSylvia Berger
Angela RoySylvias Mutter
Friedrich von ThunCarl Berger
Mišel MatičevićRico Schmidt
Matthias SchweighöferBen Lüders
Tanja GutmannManuela Berger
Markus BoysenHendrik
Marita RagoneseHanna Siemers
Johanna Gastdorf
Hildegard Kuhlenberg
Michael Abendroth
Peter Lerchbaumer
Christine Rose
Annika Blendl
Martin Rentzsch
Andreas Schröders
Urs Villiger
Rolf Mautz
Georg Marin
Frank Dehner
Bruno Schmitz
Production company:Colonia Media Filmproduktions GmbH (Köln)
Commissioned by:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden) (in Zusammenarbeit)
Producer:Michael Hild
Producer (TV):Caroline von Senden
Line producer:Frank Döhmann
Unit production manager:Rolf Schleitzer
Location manager:Konstantin von Carlowitz
Shoot:03.2003-: Frechen und Umgebung [Frühjahr]
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
Length:89 min
Format:16mm, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE FR): 12.03.2004, Arte


Originaltitel (DE) Kalter Frühling



Length:89 min
Format:16mm, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE FR): 12.03.2004, Arte


Fernsehfilm-Festival Baden-Baden 2004
Sonderpreis für hervorragende darstellerische Leistung
Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2004
Beste Regie
Deutscher Kamerapreis 2003
Bester Schnitt