Die Schlafkrankheit (AT)

"SLEEPING SICKNESS" CELEBRATED ITS FILM PREMIERE AT THE 61st INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN BERLIN IN COMPETITION AND WON THE SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR.



PRODUCED BY KOMPLIZEN FILM IN CO-PRODUKTION WITH ÖFILM (BERLIN), WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (PARIS), IDTV FILM (AMSTERDAM), ZDF/DAS KLEINE FERNSEHSPIEL IN COLLABORATION WITH ARTE SPONSORED BY FFA, BKM, DFFF, MEDIENBOARD, FILMFÖRDERUNG HAMBURG-SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN, HESSEN FILM FUND, THE NETHERLANDS FILM FUND, CNC AND MEDIA

2011 | 35mm | 1:1.85 | 5.1. | 91 min


synopsis

"No; I am Kim, this is the great world and I am only Kim. Who is Kim?" He considered his own identity, a thing he had never done before, till his head swam. He was one insignifant person in all this roaring whirl of India, going southward to he knew not what fate.

Kim, R. Kipling

Ebbo and Vera Velten have been living in Africa for a long time. Ebbo is managing a sleeping sickness program. His work is fulfilling. In contrast, Vera feels increasingly uncomfortable with her life in the expat community of Yaoundé and the separation from her daughter Helen, 14, who is attending boarding school in Germany.

Ebbo Velten has to give up his life in Africa or he loses the woman he loves. But he has become a stranger to Europe. His fear of returning increases from day to day.

Years later. Alex Nzila, a young French doctor of Congolese origin, travels to Cameroon to evaluate a development project. He hasn’t been to Africa for a long time. But instead of finding new prospects, he encounters a destructive, lost man: like a phantom, Ebbo slips away from his evaluator.


Cast

Ebbo Velten Pierre Bokma
Alex Nzila Jean-Christophe Folly
Vera Velten Jenny Schily
Gaspard Signac Hippolyte Girardot
Helen Velten Maria Elise Miller
Elia Todorov Sava Lolov


Crew

Written and directed byUlrich Köhler
Producers Janine Jackowski (Komplizen Film GmbH)
Maren Ade (Komplizen Film GmbH)
Katrin Schlösser (öFilm)
Co-producer Frans van Gestel (IDTV Film)
TV Producers Christian Cloos (ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel)
Anne Even (ZDF/ARTE)
Birgit Kämper (ARTE)
Director of PhotographyPatrick Orth
CastingKris Portier de Bellair
Ulrike Müller
Production DesignJochen Dehn
Costume Design Birgitt Kilian
Sound Design Julien Sicart
Editing Katharina Wartena
Eva Könnemann
Sounddesign Tobias Peper
Mixing Matthias Schwab


AWARDS

Berlinale, 61. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin: Silberner Bär für Beste Regie
Festival des deutschen Films: Filmkunstpreis 2011


Theatrical release

Canada, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland,
Turkey, Turkish speaking Cyprus, Northern Irak, ex-Yugoslavia, Albania


FESTIVALS

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Wettbewerb
Istanbul International Film Festival
Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAFICI)
Copenhagen Film Festival - CPH:PIX
Festival des deutschen Films Madrid
Sydney International Film Festival
Festival des deutschen Films, Wettbewerb
Midnight Sun Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Durban International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Wellington International Film Festival
Transatlantyk International Film and Music Festival
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
New York Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Films from the South Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Kinofest Lünen
Festival International du Film La Roche-sur-Yon
Mumbai International Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Tokyo International Film Festival
Human Right Film Festival Costa Rica
Chennai International Film Festival
Panazorean Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Shanghai International Film Festival


Links

öFilm (http://www.oefilm.de)
Why Not Productions (http://www.whynotproductions.fr)
IDTV Film (http://www.idtvfilm.nl)


Distribution / World Distribution

Distribution Farbfilm Verleih (http://www.farbfilm-verleih.de)
World Distribution The Match Factory (http://www.the-match-factory.de)


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