Requiem

Requiem

Deutschland 2004-2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Inspired by actual events, this film tells the story of a young woman named Michaela Klinger who, torn between faith and sickness at the beginning of the 1970s, became the victim of an exorcism. Brought up by her parents in a strict Catholic household, Michaela moved to Tübingen at the age of 21 to take up studies in teaching. Although her father, always her ally, is fully supportive of the move, her anxious mother, who tries to keep her epileptic daughter bound up in a cocoon of bans and preventative measures, has mixed feelings about Michaela becoming a student.

Delighted to have put her lower middle-class environment behind her, Michaela immediately relishes her new-found freedom and soon makes friends with university students Hanna and Stefan. But Michaela’s past soon catches up with her: in spite of medication she begins to suffer from ever more epileptic fits and delusions. Only now she hears voices and believes herself to be possessed by demons. One morning Hanna finds Michaela lying unconscious among the upturned furniture in her room at the halls of residence. It becomes clear that Michaela can no longer conceal her traumatic past.

In desperation, she seeks help from a familiar source – her village church. She appeals to the trusted priest, Father Landauer, who introduces her to a colleague. After initial misgivings, Michaela agrees to a lengthy discussion with this young priest, whose name is Martin Borchert. Afterwards she feels relieved and even elated.

But her condition deteriorates while she is spending the Christmas holidays at her parents’ house. Michaela and her mother have a blazing row and Michaela subsequently has a violent fit. Not knowing how else to help their increasingly aggressive daughter, Michaela’s parents contact the priest. After careful discussion with the family and collective prayers, Michaela finally agrees to have an exorcism.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Hans-Christian Schmid
Screenplay:Bernd Lange
Director of photography:Bogumil Godfrejow
Editing:Hansjörg Weißbrich, Bernd Schlegel
  
Cast: 
Sandra HüllerMichaela Klingler
Burghart KlaußnerKarl Klingler
Imogen KoggeMarianne Klingler
Friederike AdolphHelga Klingler
Anna BlomeierHanna Imhof
Nicholas ReinkeStefan Weiser
Jens HarzerMartin Borchert
Walter SchmidingerGerhard Landauer
Irene KuglerHeimleiterin
Johann Adam OestProfessor Schneider
Eva LöbauKrankenschwester
  
Production company:23/5 Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Hans-Christian Schmid

All Credits

Director:Hans-Christian Schmid
Assistant director:Christopher Doll
Script supervisor:Kerstin Faude
Screenplay:Bernd Lange
Director of photography:Bogumil Godfrejow
Assistant camera:Yvonne Geiler
2nd Camera unit:Fabian Rösler
Still photography:Fabian Rösler
Lighting design:Fabian Rösler
Production design:Christian Martin Goldbeck, Eva Stiebler
Prop master:Johannes Pfaller, David Hoffmann
Make-up artist:Monika Münnich, Nadine Schränkler
Costume design:Bettina Marx
Editing:Hansjörg Weißbrich, Bernd Schlegel
Assistant editor:Ines Schalý
Sound:Marc Parisotto
Sound assistant:Gregory Fernandez
Sound mixer:Dirk Jacob, Lars Ginzel
Audio mixing:Martin Steyer
Casting:Simone Bär
  
Cast: 
Sandra HüllerMichaela Klingler
Burghart KlaußnerKarl Klingler
Imogen KoggeMarianne Klingler
Friederike AdolphHelga Klingler
Anna BlomeierHanna Imhof
Nicholas ReinkeStefan Weiser
Jens HarzerMartin Borchert
Walter SchmidingerGerhard Landauer
Irene KuglerHeimleiterin
Johann Adam OestProfessor Schneider
Eva LöbauKrankenschwester
  
Production company:23/5 Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Stuttgart), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Hans-Christian Schmid
Producer (TV):Sabine Holtgreve (Südwestrundfunk [SWR]), Georg Steinert, Wolf-Dietrich Brücker, Bettina Reitz
Executive producer:Uli Putz
Line producer:Anja C. Klement
Unit production manager:Katja Siegel
Location manager:Nina Klingen
Shoot:11.2004-12.2004: Tübingen und Umgebung
Original distributor:X Verleih AG (Berlin)
Funding:MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:2520 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, Cinemascope
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 25.01.2006, 104104, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 17.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart: 02.03.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 06.02.2009, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Requiem

Versions

Original

Length:2520 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, Cinemascope
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 25.01.2006, 104104, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 17.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart: 02.03.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 06.02.2009, Arte
 

Awards

Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2007
Beste Darstellerin
Bester Spielfilm
 
Tallin Black Nights Festival 2006
Darstellerinnenpreis
 
Montageforum Film+ 2006
Schnitt-Preis in der Kategorie Spielfilm
 
IFF Sitges 2006
Beste Darstellerin
Bester Film
Premi de la Crítica José Luis Guarner
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2006
Lola, Beste Nebendarstellerin
Lola in Silber (ex aequo >Knallhart<), Bester Spielfilm
Lola, Bestes Kostümbild
Lola, Beste Tongestaltung
Lola, Beste Darstellerin
 
Jury der evangelischen Filmarbeit 2006
Film des Monats
 
IFF Berlin 2006
Silberner Bär, Beste Darstellerin
FIPRESCI-Preis
 
FBW 2006
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
 
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2006
Beste Nachwuchsdarstellerin