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Saving Mozart

Mozart's city is becoming the cultural capital of the Third Reich. Otto Steiner ekes out his days in a Salzburg Sanatorium while, outside in the real world, history  is being  written. For Otto  who  is Austrian, Jewish (a bit), alone (completely), all that mat­ters to him now is music. Tuberculosis eats away at him as much as the petty humiliations of being ill. He is being pushed to  the edge. lt's  a dissonant world grating on his musician's ear. He wonders if humanity is heading for the final fall. Wonders if in the end, there  be noth­ing worth saving, except Mozart?

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Burning Souls - Die Seelen im Feuer

Burning Souls

1630: The fear of witches has a stranglehold over Bamberg. It could be anyone. Men or women. The fanatic Prince-Bishop of Bamberg uses the fear to dispose of his rivals. Hundreds of innocents burn at the stake. But a judgment of the Emperor's Court in Vienna, obtained by the Viennese doctor Cornelius Weinmann, succeeds to stop the injustice.

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The DVD of "Burning Souls" is available here

Eyjafjallajökull (2013)

April 2010 - on the flight from Paris to Corfu (Greece), Valérie and Alain (Dany Boon) are going to the wedding of their daughter Cecilia. But Alain and Valerie have been divorced for 20 years and hate each other cordially. Their relationship is as explosive as the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland which has just been put in operation and forcing their plane to an emergency landing at Munich. For Alain and Valerie, its then 2133 km of total hatred across Europe. A crazy cross made of insults and dirty tricks ...

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The Desert Doctor

The Desert Doctor (2011/2012)

Sina (35), a sensitive yet strong woman, doesn’t want to make any compromises as a doctor and seeks truth in love. She falls out with her fiancé as well as the people at the hospital and is looking for a new beginning in the United Arab Emirates. In the glamorous world of Dubai and in the vastness of the desert she discovers a new life with its endless variety. Dramatic circumstances lead her back to her roots and true love. A great romantic and realistic adventure between high tech civilization and archaic living conditions. A woman between two worlds and two men that could not be more different.

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Taboo - The Soul Is A Stranger On Earth

Taboo - The Soul Is A Stranger On Earth (2010)

Two solitary children go from clinging to each other for companionship to becoming soul mates, then lovers; no one can tear them asunder. Georg and Margarete Trakl, the great poet and his muse, protagonists of a passionate, forbidden love story.

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In Another Lifetime

In Another Lifetime (2009/2010)

April 1945 - In the last days of the war; a group of 20 Hungarian Jews camp in a hay barn at the edge of a small village. Their march is delayed as the SS chain of command is broken. It is in this situation that prisoner Lou Gandolf, an opera singer from Budapest, decides to persuade his fellows in misery to rehearse the operetta "Wiener Blut" for a privat performance in the barn. He wants to arouse the sympathy of farmer woman Traudl Fasching in whose barn the prisoners are camping. For the married couple Traudl and Stefan Fasching, the encounter with the condemned people is a chance to repair their broken marriage.

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In a different light (2008/2009)

Irène lives a great and carefree life: She has two children, is happily married and is a successful lawyer. However, one day, she is already over 50 years old, her whole world collapses: Her husband is leaving her and announces it in such a manner that she feels completely helpless. In addition to this, she learns that her father is not the man who raised her, instead he is a Jewish musician, who had to flee from the Nazis and emigrated after the war to Israel. Irène is driving across Europe following the tracks of this old man, who lives nowadays in Vienna, and who initially tries to avoid the woman. With 80 years he is missing the strength to have a sudden daughter. However, Irène is not on the search for a father figure, rather she simply wants to get to know the man and - through him and the legacy of his stories - to discover who she really is.

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The Bible Code

The Bible Code (2007)

There’s a thousand year old secret hidden in the bible, which should protect the humankind against an upcoming disaster. The bible code! A scientist (Miguel Herz-Kestranek) is able to decrypt some parts of the book and has to die for it. Now his daughter Johanna (Cosma Shiva Hagen) is supposed to continue his life’s work. Together with the smart French historian Simon (Olivier Sitruk) she has to avoid an attack onto the church and to save millions of people…

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Karlheinz Boehm - From Film Star To Benefactor

Karlheinz Boehm - From Film Star To Benefactor (2007)

International TV-Film documentation with an extra theatrical exploitation due to a man’s 80. birthday who left the world of film to begin relieving the distress of the poorest and least with his own hands. 25 years ago he called up to an absurd and hopeless seeming fundraising campaign on the TV-show “Wetten, dass…”: Every third should donate just 1 DM, so that no child in Sahel has to die of hunger for one year. The effect was 1.4 million DM, which changed the actor’s life basically. Instead of transferring the money to established relief organizations, he decided to go to Ethiopia to relieve the distress of the poorest and least with his own hands. Also without the help from the big relief organizations he did the impossible. Single-handedly he built fountains, school buildings and hospitals together with the relevant people and so helped them to help themselves. A film about Karlheinz Boehm and his change from film star to benefactor directed by the famous documentary filmmaker Kurt Mayer.

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The Beheaded Rooster

The Beheaded Rooster (2006)

Shooting in Transylvania, Romania and Vienna from Aug. 28 to Oct. 5, 2006 the film is a moving coming of age story in a time of extreme change: On August 23, 1944 in a small city in Romanian Transylvania, the 16 year old Felix Goldschmidt awaits his classmates for their traditional Exitus Party (school graduation). However, this very day the kingdom of Romania takes leave of its ally of many years - Nazi Germany - thus ending the 800 year old, highly successful story of ethnic German immigration at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains. It is a great story of young people’s blindness to the rise of Fascism, the destruction of bourgeois values, a first love and shattered friendships.

At the core of the dramatic events, is Felix (David Zimmerschied) and his three friends:  the Jewish Gisela (Alicja Bachleda), who is expelled from the German School, Hans Adolf (Axel Moustache), a chimney-sweep’s son consumed by ambition and Alfa Sigrid (Ioana Teodora Jacob), the flirtatious, morbid daughter of a noble Saxon landowner.

The colourful round dance of characters from this multi-cultural world, in which Germans, Romanians, Hungarians, Jews and Roma lived side by side “The Beheaded Rooster” is the first feature film about the fate of the Transylvanian Saxons. The film “The Beheaded Rooster” will illustrate how the children’s private lives are devoured by great historical events, thus causing them to lose their homeland.

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Mein Freund Albert (2006)

Once Max, Anna and Daniel Spielhagen (Dominic Raacke, Patricia Schäfer, Johann Hillmann) were a happy family. Max was head of a very successful toy company called "Dream Factory", an old family business. Max tried every toy by himself and invented new off-the-wall ideas. After the sudden death of his wife, Max starts to act strangely: He begins to talk with an imaginary person named Albert. Albert is never seen by any other person, Max claims that he is always accompanies him. Shortly after, Max' older brother Siegbert (Dominique Horwitz) admits him to a mental hospital and starts to take care of the company by himself. From now on, Daniel has to live with his aunt(Rosa Enskat) and uncle, who, however, don't treat him very well. One night, he eavesdrops them while talking about their plans: they want Max to be certified insane  and commit him to an institution. Moreover, the company should be sold. Daniel is appalled! During the same night, he helps his father to escape from the hospital. Together, they want to prevent the sale of the "Dream Factory". Unfortunately, right on the next day, a large-scale search is launched to find Max who is considered a maniac kidnapper of his own son. Chief detective Edgar Eder (Erdal Yildiz) keeps to be close on their heels. But Max isn't the only one the "Dream Factory" is important to: Also his longtime assistant Lena Sommer (Susanna Simon) tries to keep her workplace - but she has a secret crush on Max. When Lena meets the prospective Chinese buyer Dr. Bing (Yu Fang) and, simultaneously, her daughter Lisa (Anne Tietz) disappears, the situation is going to escalate...

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Margarete Steiff

Margarete Steiff (2005)

Everyone is familiar with the world-famous teddy bear produced by the Steiff Company in Swabia. Yet, no-one knows the life story of the “mother” of the Steiff animals. As a small child Margarete Steiff falls ill with polio and is confined to a wheelchair her entire life, in spite of countless painful operations and treatments. The harsh conditions at the end of the 19th century instill little hope for a fulfilling life in the crippled young woman. With the help of her unbelievable willpower, creativity and joy of life and that of her beloved brother Fritz, she manages to get a secondary school education. She learns to sew and opens her own small business. Her love of children pushes her to produce the first “soft toys” – which will later become a world known brand – the Steiff animals. An entrepreneurial success story begins. Whether Margarete will ever be lucky in her private life however, remains a mystery for quite a long time.

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Klimt

Klimt (2005)

On his deathbed, the painter Gustav Klimt looks back on his entire life. In pictures of inebriant beauty, the film leads through the lifetime of a great Art Nouveau artist whose drawings fetch premium prices on the art market. An amorous round dance between passion, confusion and seduction, the fight for artistic licence and encounter between leading artist of his era, like Egon Schiele, arises.

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The Poet

The Poet (2002)

Andrei Loisin is a well-paid contract killer and erstwhile high-ranking Russian officer who is called "THE POET" because of his remarkable knowledge. One day, while conducting an assassination, he is interrupted by a young photograph (Rick Stern) and Andrei shoots him. Ricks death changes Andreis life completely: in Ricks chattels he finds some fascinating pictures of a young dead woman. Andrei is confused. He wants to find out more about Rick.

When Andrei visits a post-mortem vernissage of the dead artist the presumed dead woman of Rick’s pictures suddenly stands next to him: Ricks sister Paula Stern (28) is an attractive young woman. Paula is fascinated by the mysterious and reticent Andrei because he unifies all she ever missed. She doesn't divine that Andrei is the killer of her brother. Between them rises a passionate relationship. It seems like Andrei is able to fill the gap Rick’s dead left behind in Paula’s life.

For the first time, Andrei is faced with the sorrow which one of his murder left behind. As his feelings for Paula increase, he loses parts of his unscrupulousness and begins to blunder. Realising that he can't live without Paula, he wants to abandon the organization and to begin a new life with Paula.

But he isn't able to hide his past from Paula. Their frequent encounters leave too many marks and increasingly attract the police’s and his clients’ attention. Andrei is  threatened by his clients: If he quits the job, Paula’s life would be in danger. The network of Andrei’s pursuers becomes constantly denser: but he can't escape because he has to protect Paula.

But some day, Paula will find out the truth about Andrei. When he realises that there is no future for them, he takes destiny into his own hands...

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Further completed projects

            

Eva Blond - The Dwarf in the Locker (2003)
(Starring: Corinna Harfouch, Erdal Yildiz, director: Hermine Huntgeburth;
nominated for: Preis der Deutschen Akademie der darstellenden Künste)

The Tourist (1995)
(Starring: Leslie Malton, Christopher Waltz, director: Urs Egger; Best foreign picture in France)

 

Eva Blond - Such is life! (2003)
(Starring: Corinna Harfouch, Erdal Yildiz, director: Matthias Glasner; nominated for: Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Grimme-Preis 2004)

The Return of I Spy (1993)
(Starring: Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, director: Jerry London)

 

Last X-Mas (2003)
(Starring: Aglaia Szyszkowitz, Justus von Dohnányi, Max Tidof, director: Thomas Berger)

Shining Through (1990)
(Starring: Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, director: David Seltzer)

 

Swabian Children (2002)
(Starring: Thomas Unterkircher, Vadim Glowna, Tobias Moretti, Jürgen Tarrach, director: Jo Baier;
Preis der Deutschen Akademie der darstellenden Künste, Bayerischer Fernsehpreis, nominated for: Romy Award, Grimme Preis 2004)

Traffik (1988)
(Starring: Juraj Kukura, Lindsay Duncan, Tilo Prückner, director: Alastair Reid; EMMY Awards)

 

Troopers (1998)
(Starring: Tobias Moretti, Heino Ferch, director: Oliver Hirschbiegel; Bayerischer Fernsehpreis, nominated for: Deutscher Fernsehpreis)

The Train (1987)
(Starring: Ben Kingsley, Leslie Caron, director: Damiano Damiani)

 

Holy Night, Silent Night (1997)
(Starring: Tobias Moretti, director: Franz Xaver Bogner; Romy Award)

 

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2026. The crew chosen for the first manned voyage to Mars, must live together in close proximity over a long period of time within the confines of a small spacecraft. Five people from different na- tionalities and cultures take on the challenge of this heroic feat.
The astronauts after passing the halfway point, lose visual con- tact with the Earth. It becomes a rapidly receding pinpoint in space as they move closer to the red planet.
Although they maintain periodic communications with Earth Control, the astronauts know that they are on their own. The only possibility of returning to Earth is in reaching Mars.
They are unaware that the real challenge they face is within their own minds; the greatest journey of discovery is taking place within them. The tensions between them increase over time un- til they reach breaking point. What happens next is unexpected… nothing is what it seems… no one is ever the same again.