Deutschland 2010/2011, Spielfilm


Glory: A Tale of Mistaken Identities

What could a timid, technologically inept electrical engineer, a crime novelist stuck in the middle of Central Asia, an aging woman dying of pancreatic cancer, a movie star caught in the whirlwind of a public scandal, and an overweight computer nerd infatuated with a character from a romance novel, possibly have in common? It all begins very simply: with the purchase of a cell phone. Ebling has never owned one, even though he’s an electrical engineer. Almost immediately, the calls start coming in but they are all intended for someone else. Meanwhile, the calls that Ebling makes create a domino effect of minor mishaps and major tragedies.

With each escalating incident, perfect strangers begin to drift into each other’s lives. Seeking temporary refuge from the public spotlight, famous actor Ralf Tanner unexpectedly runs into his doppelganger and body double and decides to switch lives. On a book tour across South America, Leo Richter, an acclaimed but highly neurotic writer, begins to see the – some - times horrifying – effects of the stories he creates. Caught in a web of absurd misunderstandings, Maria Rubinstein ends up in a strange land with no money, no way of communication, and no identity.

"Glory: A tale of mistaken identities" relates a series of quirky dramatic stories whose characters cross paths with one another in their wanderings between reality and appearance. A journey full of unpredictable turns; a clever play with reality and fiction; a film about truth and deception, about insignificance and glory reminding us that sometimes we need to shed our own identity in order to find our true selves.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH


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All Credits

Director:Isabel Kleefeld
Assistant director:Sebastian Fahr
Script supervisor:Daniela Lapp
Screenplay:Isabel Kleefeld
based on:Daniel Kehlmann (Roman)
Director of photography:Rainer Klausmann
Assistant camera:Johannes Mielsch, Astrid Miegel
2nd Camera unit:Thomas Korda
Steadycam operator:Donat Schilling
Still photography:Martin Menke, Tom Trambow
Lighting design:Peter Fritscher
Key grip:Maike Maier
Production design:Andrea Kessler
Art director:Monica Rottmeyer
Set design:Jutta Freyer (Set Decorator)
Property master:Stefan Isfort, Amara Heim (Schweiz)
Stand-by props:Mena Vennen
Make-up artist:Michaela Oppl, Diana Koeberlin, Barbara Spenner, Conny Sacchi
Costume design:Alexandra Trummer
Costumes:Sabine Auberle, Sarah Wüthrich
Editing:Andrea Mertens
Assistant editor:Diana Bujevic
Sound:Thomas Szabolcs
Sound assistant:Wolfgang Wanderer
Special effects:Niklas Voigt
Stunt co-ordinator:Michael Mohr
Casting:Sabine Schwedhelm
Music:Annette Focks
Senta BergerRosalie
Heino FerchRalf Tanner
Julia KoschitzElisabeth
Stefan KurtLeo Richter
Thorsten MertenKlaus Rubinstein
Axel RanischMollwitt
Gabriela Maria SchmeideMaria Rubenstein
Justus von DohnányiJoachim Ebling
Matthias BrandtLudwig
Johanna GastdorfElke Ebling
Ursula StraussNora
Dorothea NeukirchenLore
Production company:Little Shark Entertainment GmbH (Köln), TERZ Filmproduktions GmbH (Köln)
in co-production with:DOR Film Produktionsgesellschaft mbH (Wien), Hugofilm Productions GmbH (Zürich), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), ARD Degeto Film (Frankfurt am Main), ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen (Wien), Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) (Bern), SRG SSR idée suisse (Bern)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Sönke Wortmann, Claudia Steffen, Tom Spiess, Christoph Friedel
Co-Producer:Danny Krausz, Isabelle Welter, Christof Neracher
Producer (TV):Barbara Buhl (WDR), Jörn Klamroth (ARD Degeto), Andreas Schreitmüller (Arte), Heinrich Mis (ORF), Lilian Räber (SRF)
Line producer:Stefaan Schieder
Unit production manager:Sebastian Fröhlich
Location manager:Marc Prüll, Petra Wild, Jan Beek (Motiv), Levke Palm (Set)
Shoot:21.10.2010-20.04.2011: Köln und Umgebung, Argentinien, Mexiko, Schweiz, Ukraine
Original distributor:NFP Marketing & Distribution (Berlin)
Funding:Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Eurimages der EU (Strasbourg), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel), Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI) (Wien), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Zürich)
Length:2830 m, 103 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 08.11.2011, 130141, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 22.03.2012


Originaltitel (DE) Ruhm



Length:2830 m, 103 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 08.11.2011, 130141, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 22.03.2012


FBW 2012
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