Meschugge

Meschugge

Deutschland / Schweiz 1997/1998, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Giraffe

"The Giraffe" is a thriller... and the story of a love - the love of David and Lena who meet up in New York without realising how much their lives are already connected with each other. David, the son of a traditional Jewish family from Brooklyn, feels at home in and yet alien to the conventions of his parents.

Lena, the daughter from a liberal-secular Jewish home in Hameln, has come to New York to escape the spiritual narrowness of her family home and the middle-class values of the German provinces. But their love is over-shadowed by a crime, a murder, where David′s mother was the victim and both families are involved. This is where the lawyer Kaminski comes onto the scene. His speciality is divorces, but his calling is the solving of crimes against the Jewish people. He isn't impressed by the love affair between David and Lena, he obstinately pursues the traces which point directly to Lena's family.

"The Giraffe" is a film about the perpetrators of crimes and victims and the realisation that even the victims are not immune from becoming perpetrators of a crime.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

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Director:Dani Levy
Assistant director:Arndt Wiegering (1. Regie-Assistenz), Julia Willmann (2. Regie-Assistenz)
Screenplay:Dani Levy, Maria Schrader
based on:Kenneth Abel (Roman)
Director of photography:Carl-F. Koschnick
Still photography:Christine Fenzl
Lighting design:Joe Quirk
Make-up artist:Sabine Lidl
Costume design:Ingrid Bendzuk
Editing:Ueli Christen, Dani Levy, Sabine Hoffmann
Sound:Raoul Grass
Audio mixing:Hubert Bartholomae
Music:Niki Reiser
  
Cast: 
Dani LevyDavid Fish
Maria SchraderLena Katz
David StrathairnCharles Kaminski
Nicole HeestersLenas Mutter
Jeffrey WrightWin
Lynn CohenDavids Mutter
Lukas AmmannEliah Goldberg
Erin RakowSlavie Fish
Stephanie RothRahel Fish
R.J. CutlerRahels Ehemann
Daniel MastroianniMenachem Fish
Paul ButlerLieutenant Lynch
Mario GiacaloneDetective Pucci
Mark ZimmermannBregman
Marcia Jean KurtzRita Teichmann
Francine BeersMartha Galinski
Sylvia KaudersSarah Singer
  
Production company:X Filme Creative Pool GmbH (Berlin), Extrafilm Produktion GmbH (Berlin), DOCMINE Productions AG (Zürich), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Arte G.E.I.E. (Straßburg), Schweizer Fernsehen für die deutsche und rätoromanische Schweiz (SF DRS) (Zürich)
Producer:Dani Levy, Stefan Arndt
Co-Producer:Martin Fueter
Producer (TV):Andreas Schreitmüller (Arte), Susann Wach Rósza (DRS), Gebhard Henke (WDR), Martin Schmassmann (DRS)
Line producer:Milanka Comfort, Tom Spiess
Unit production manager:Gretchen McGowan (New York)
Production coordinator:Andrea Ashton (New York), Regine Otto
Shoot:1997-09.1997: New York, Berlin (?)
Original distributor:Jugendfilm-Verleih GmbH, Berlin
Subsequent distributor:StudioCanal GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Eidgenössisches Departement des Innern (EDI) (Bern), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München)
Length:2975 m, 109 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby Stereo Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.11.1998, 80920, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 30.10.1998, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Aufführung (DE): 13.02.1999, Berlin, IFF - Neue Deutsche Filme;
Kinostart (DE): 11.03.1999;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 08.03.2002, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE CH) Meschugge

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Original

Length:2975 m, 109 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby Stereo Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.11.1998, 80920, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 30.10.1998, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Aufführung (DE): 13.02.1999, Berlin, IFF - Neue Deutsche Filme;
Kinostart (DE): 11.03.1999;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 08.03.2002, Arte
 

Awards

Deutscher Filmpreis 1999
Lola, Beste Hauptdarstellerin
Lola, Beste Filmusik
 

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