Mein Freund aus Faro

Mein Freund aus Faro

Deutschland 2007/2008, Spielfilm

Inhalt

To Faro

Mel (22) is a young woman with boyish looks and build, whose short hair and baggy clothes hide her femininity. She has a humdrum job, preparing airline food for a nearby airport, and has big plans to escape with her brother Knut (25) and see the world.

But Mel’s dreams crash to Earth when Knut tells her his girlfriend, Vicky, is pregnant. His well-intended pressure that she should find herself a boyfriend is shrugged off by Mel telling him she already has one. Except... she hasn’t.

Fortunately, Mel has a Portuguese colleague, Nuno, who is happy to take her money and play the part for her at Knut’s engagement party. Unfortunately, he plays the part all too well and Mel’s family is smitten with him, inviting him to come by more often. To which Nuno cannot say no.

Mel, now aimless and defeated, goes for a night-time drive through the countryside, a packet of Nuno’s Portuguese cigarettes on the back seat. When two young hitch hikers, Jenny and Bianca (14), mistake her for a Portuguese man, Mel grabs the opportunity and reinvents herself. Now, as Miguel, Mel spends an exciting night at the disco with the two girls, and falls head over heels in love with Jenny.

With Nuno as the object of her research and the source of her new identity, Mel/Miguel is the romantic individual Jenny has been looking for, someone so different to the boys in her clique, and a gentle love affair develops. But Bianca is suspicious and jealous, as is her brother Bernd, who thought he was Jenny’s guy.

Before Mel can tell Jenny the truth, Bernd and Bianca have already poisoned Jenny’s mother’s mind. Great confusion ensues as the mother turns up at Mel’s family and accuses a Portuguese man of seducing her underage daughter. Nuno becomes the scapegoat while Mel finally manages to reveal her true identity to Jenny. The news spreads quickly and Jenny is no longer able to prevent her clique setting out to seek revenge ...

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Credits

Director:Nana Neul
Screenplay:Nana Neul
Director of photography:Leah Striker
Editing:Dora Vajda
Music:Jörg Follert
  
Cast: 
Anjorka StrechelMel Wandel
Lucie HollmannJenny Schmidt
Manuel CortezNuno
Florian PanznerKnut Wandel
Tilo PrücknerWilli Wandel
Isolda DychaukBianca
Kai MalinaBernd
Phillipp QuestMalte
Julischka EichelVicky
Imed ToufahiDiscobesucher
  
Production company:Wüste Film West GmbH (Köln)
Producer:Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert, Hejo Emons

All Credits

Director:Nana Neul
Assistant director:Robert Spika
Script supervisor:Markus Peters
Screenplay:Nana Neul
Translation:Corinne Le Hong
Director of photography:Leah Striker
Assistant camera:Daniel Weber
Clapper loader:David Heller
Still photography:Tom Trambow
Set design:Christiane Krumwiede (Szenenbild), Christiane Schmid (Assistenz)
Property master:Nicolle Karl
Stand-by props:Sonja Marx
Construction manager:Matthias Lerch
Make-up artist:Bernadette Reschberger
Costume design:Ute Paffendorf
Editing:Dora Vajda
Sound:Matthias Haeb
Sound assistant:Benjamin Christ
Casting:Susanne Ritter
Music:Jörg Follert
  
Cast: 
Anjorka StrechelMel Wandel
Lucie HollmannJenny Schmidt
Manuel CortezNuno
Florian PanznerKnut Wandel
Tilo PrücknerWilli Wandel
Isolda DychaukBianca
Kai MalinaBernd
Phillipp QuestMalte
Julischka EichelVicky
Imed ToufahiDiscobesucher
  
Production company:Wüste Film West GmbH (Köln)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
Producer:Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert, Hejo Emons
Producer (TV):Andrea Hanke
Executive producer:Kristina Löbbert
Unit production manager:Peter Kreutz
Shoot:16.07.2007-21.08.2007: Münsterland (Billerbeck, Greven, Münster), Norderney
Original distributor:Alpenrepublik GmbH (München)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:2534 m, 93 min
Format:16mm + HDcam - überspielt auf 35mm, 1;:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 22.08.2008, 115049, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 16.01.2008, Saarbrücken, Max-Ophüls-Preis;
Kinostart (DE): 30.10.2008

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Mein Freund aus Faro

Versions

Original

Length:2534 m, 93 min
Format:16mm + HDcam - überspielt auf 35mm, 1;:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 22.08.2008, 115049, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 16.01.2008, Saarbrücken, Max-Ophüls-Preis;
Kinostart (DE): 30.10.2008
 

Awards

Max-Ophüls-Preis Saarbrücken 2008
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