Schöner Leben

Schöner Leben

Deutschland 2005/2006, Spielfilm

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Riding Up Front

Berlin on Christmas Eve. A group of people meet who have nothing to do with each other, except for the fact that their paths happen to cross. Elke Neumann is a single mother. She is barely managing to survive but, because it’s Christmas Eve, she’s determined to at least treat her children to a meal in a restaurant of their choice – even though it means making a big sacrifice.

Werner is Sebastian’s father. He tries to get out of their annual Christmas meeting, but his feelings of guilt are so overpowering that a rendezvous becomes unavoidable. Alwin has returned from a disastrous audition. He’s out of luck, as usual.

Otto drives an underground train. He has lost his wife in a tragic accident. Cleaning supplies rep Sieglinde keeps him company in his driver’s cab.

Joseph has spent many hours in therapy trying to come to terms with his break-up from his girlfriend, Maria. Today he’s feeling better at last. But then the tube pulls into the station and his ex-lover steps into his compartment.

And then there’s Wiener, who disguises himself as Santa Claus and steals from discount stores, leaving behind wise Buddhist sayings. The stories told in this episodic film are about love, cowardice, courage, grief and destiny; they tell of the unexpected happiness that an experience or a chance meeting can bring.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Markus Herling
Screenplay:Markus Herling
Director of photography:Peter Steuger
Editing:Anna Kappelmann
Music:Beni Reimann
  
Cast: 
Karin DüwelSieglinde Hüske
Klaus GehrkeOtto Gerke
Susanne UgéElke Neumann
Ruth Krüger-WillkommSimona Neumann
Joel EisenblätterDenis Neumann
Andreas GüntherSebastian Sch.
Hans KlimaWerner Schnücke
Pasquale AleardiJoseph Maurer
Isabella ParkinsonMaria Aslan
Max HerbrechterAlwin Kastor
Andrea Paula PaulNadja Kastor
Hans HaasisHerr Nägele
Achim BeckerArmer Mann
Katharina KoschnyElvira Klinke
Emese FáyRegieassistentin
Jens WinterGerd
Eva MendeApothekerin
Stephan WilkeHeinrich
Axel WandtkeWacyk
Beate PfeifferFrau Schneider
Maggy DomschkeChorleiterin
Gabrielle ScharnitzkyRolle Katzenfrau
Anina MichalskiVera Brüning
Matthias Zelic
  
Production company:Fado Film (Berlin)
Producer:Markus Herling

All Credits

Director:Markus Herling
Assistant director:Andrea Picht, Lisa Hauss
Screenplay:Markus Herling
Director of photography:Peter Steuger
Assistant camera:Romy Kaa, Daniel Horn
2nd Camera unit:Jörg Gönner
Set design:Indra Besing (Szenenbild)
Make-up artist:Nina Simone Emmrich, Annett Schulze
Costume design:Nicole Stoll
Editing:Anna Kappelmann
Assistant editor:Vanessa Gräfingholt, Björn Schürmann
Sound design:Angelo D'Angelico
Sound:Matthias Richter, Harald Lambeck
Sound assistant:Oliver Schnug, Hunor Schauschitz
Audio mixing:Angelo D'Angelico
Casting:Uwe Bünker
Music:Beni Reimann
  
Cast: 
Karin DüwelSieglinde Hüske
Klaus GehrkeOtto Gerke
Susanne UgéElke Neumann
Ruth Krüger-WillkommSimona Neumann
Joel EisenblätterDenis Neumann
Andreas GüntherSebastian Sch.
Hans KlimaWerner Schnücke
Pasquale AleardiJoseph Maurer
Isabella ParkinsonMaria Aslan
Max HerbrechterAlwin Kastor
Andrea Paula PaulNadja Kastor
Hans HaasisHerr Nägele
Achim BeckerArmer Mann
Katharina KoschnyElvira Klinke
Emese FáyRegieassistentin
Jens WinterGerd
Eva MendeApothekerin
Stephan WilkeHeinrich
Axel WandtkeWacyk
Beate PfeifferFrau Schneider
Maggy DomschkeChorleiterin
Gabrielle ScharnitzkyRolle Katzenfrau
Anina MichalskiVera Brüning
Matthias Zelic
  
Production company:Fado Film (Berlin)
Producer:Markus Herling
Location manager:Sören Hirtz, Aron Lehmann
Shoot:: Berlin
Original distributor:Farbfilm Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Length:2953 m, 108 min
Format:DigiBeta, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 30.08.2007, 111309, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 17.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 15.11.2007

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Originaltitel (DE) Schöner Leben

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Original

Length:2953 m, 108 min
Format:DigiBeta, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 30.08.2007, 111309, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 17.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 15.11.2007
 

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