Sehnsucht

Sehnsucht

Deutschland 2004-2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Longing

A man and a woman live in a village not far from Berlin. Out here, it feels as though the city were miles away. The couple have loved each other since they were children. They are inseparable. Both are now in their early thirties; he is a welder and a member of the auxiliary fire brigade. She works a few hours a week as a home help and sings in the choir. Their blissful relationship is so untrammelled by life’s little ups and downs that others regard them with a mixture of astonishment and mistrust. They give the impression of being as innocent and unsuspecting as a couple of children.

One day, the man goes on a business trip to a large town with the fire brigade. After a night of heavy drinking and carousing he wakes up in another woman’s apartment. He can barely remember what went on. His efforts to find out what did occur lead to a passionate affair. This liaison does not change his love for his wife – even for a moment. But, try as he might, he cannot seem to find his way back to his old life. And so one day he picks up a shotgun and aims for his heart.


Told in a realistic style that sometimes has the feel of a documentary, Valeska Grisebach’s debut feature is an unusual love story with echoes of the melodramatic and the fairy-tale. Before making this film, Valeska Grisebach conducted extensive video research into the private lives and loves of thirtysomethings living in Berlin-Brandenburg; she subsequently distilled from this material the plot and characters for her first film.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Valeska Grisebach
Screenplay:Valeska Grisebach
Director of photography:Bernhard Keller
Editing:Bettina Böhler, Valeska Grisebach, Natali Barrey
  
Cast: 
Andreas MüllerMarkus
Ilka WelzElla
Anett DornbuschRose
Erika LemkeOma
Markus WernerNachbarsjunge
Doritha RichterMutter
Detlef BaumannNachbar
Ilse LauschTante
Harald KuchenbeckerOnkel
Jan Günzel1. Freund
Bernd Liske2. Freund
Bernd Wachsmuth3. Freund
Hartmut SchliephackeBürgermeister / Wehrleiter
Viola Hoffmann1. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Petra Müller2. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Petra Lemke3. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Christa Wachsmuth4. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Karin Wachsmuth5. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Mario BartelFortbilder
Frank SchwarzWehrleiter
Sarah SchmidtMädchen auf dem Klettergerüst
Gerald BlißKommissar
Ralf ThänertPolizist am Unfallort
Heiko Nägel1. Feuermann auf Balkon
Mario Steffen2. Feuermann auf Balkon
Heinrich WeisshauptMitarbeiter in der Schlosserei
Anika DielitßchJugendliche
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Gühlen-Glienicke
Frauenchor Zühlen (DE)
  
Production company:Rommel Film e.K. (Berlin)
Producer:Peter Rommel

All Credits

Director:Valeska Grisebach
Assistant director:Katharina Copony, Jessica Hausner
Screenplay:Valeska Grisebach
Script editor:Susan Schulte (Dramaturgische Beratung), Martin Rosefeldt (Dramaturgische Beratung)
Director of photography:Bernhard Keller
Assistant camera:Sandra Merseburger
Clapper loader:Sven Peukert
Titles / Opticals:Tristan Thönnissen
Lighting design:Henry Notroff, Christof Stammberger, Ruedi Tresch (Lichtbestimmung)
Set design:Beatrice Schulz (Szenenbild), Valerie Alvermann (Szenenbild-Assistenz), Bernd Trasberger (Szenenbild-Assistenz)
Construction manager:Helmut Brosch (Baubühne)
Costume design:Birte Meesmann
Editing:Bettina Böhler, Valeska Grisebach, Natali Barrey
Assistant editor:Tatjana Jacob
Sound:Raimund von Scheibner
Sound assistant:Sebastian Kleinloh, Oliver Göbel
Audio mixing:Ansgar Frerich, Florian Beck
Research:Christiane Lilge, Hannah Marquardt
Casting:Katrin Vorderwülbeke, Christiane Lilge (Leitung), Hannah Marquardt (Leitung), Géraldine Bajard (Casting Nebendarsteller), Nina Erfle (Strassencasting), Gudrun Falke (Strassencasting), Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Strassencasting), Lina Hauschild (Strassencasting), Christine Rennert
Conductor:Ina Reiske (Chorleitung)
Music (other):Martin Hossbach (Musikberatung/Lizensierung)
  
Cast: 
Andreas MüllerMarkus
Ilka WelzElla
Anett DornbuschRose
Erika LemkeOma
Markus WernerNachbarsjunge
Doritha RichterMutter
Detlef BaumannNachbar
Ilse LauschTante
Harald KuchenbeckerOnkel
Jan Günzel1. Freund
Bernd Liske2. Freund
Bernd Wachsmuth3. Freund
Hartmut SchliephackeBürgermeister / Wehrleiter
Viola Hoffmann1. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Petra Müller2. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Petra Lemke3. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Christa Wachsmuth4. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Karin Wachsmuth5. Frau in der Frauenrunde
Mario BartelFortbilder
Frank SchwarzWehrleiter
Sarah SchmidtMädchen auf dem Klettergerüst
Gerald BlißKommissar
Ralf ThänertPolizist am Unfallort
Heiko Nägel1. Feuermann auf Balkon
Mario Steffen2. Feuermann auf Balkon
Heinrich WeisshauptMitarbeiter in der Schlosserei
Anika DielitßchJugendliche
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Gühlen-Glienicke
Frauenchor Zühlen (DE)
  
Production company:Rommel Film e.K. (Berlin)
in co-production with:German Film Productions (GFP) GmbH & Co. (Berlin), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz), 3sat (Mainz)
Producer:Peter Rommel
Co-Producer:David Groenewold
Producer (TV):Inge Classen, Claudia Tronnier
Line producer:Jutta Frech
Unit production manager:Heino Herrenbrück
Location manager:Sassan Yassini
Shoot:03.2004-05.2004: Zühlen, Rheinsberg, Gnewikow, Velten
Original distributor:Piffl Medien GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), DEFA-Stiftung (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:2335 m, 85 min
Format:16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 17.07.2006, 106829, ab 12 Jahre, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 15.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 07.09.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 10.09.2007, ZDF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Sehnsucht

Versions

Original

Length:2335 m, 85 min
Format:16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 17.07.2006, 106829, ab 12 Jahre, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 15.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 07.09.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 10.09.2007, ZDF
 

Awards

IFF Warschau 2006
Spezialpreis in der Sektion New Films, New Directors
 
Filmfestival Kopenhagen 2006
Alice Award, Beste weibliche Regiearbeit
 
Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2006
Filmkunstpreis 2006