Superegos

"SUPEREGOS" CELEBRATED ITS PREMIERE AT THE 64th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN 2014, IN THE PANORAMA SPECIAL SECTION.


KOMPLIZEN FILM IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH VEGA FILM, NOVOTNY & NOVOTNY FILMPRODUKTION AND PETER HEILRATH FILMPRODUKTION; _IN COLLABORATION WITH WDR, BR, ARTE, SRF/SRG SSR; FUNDED BY GERMAN FEDERAL FILM FUND, MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG, MINISTER OF STATE FOR CULTURE AND MEDIA, FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE BAK, FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS FDHA, EURIMAGES, ZURICH FILM FOUNDATION, AUSTRIAN FILM INSTITUTE, FILM LOCATION AUSTRIA, VIENNA FILM FUND, CINE TIROL, MEDIA.

2014 | DCP | 1:1.85 | 5.1. | 94 min


Synopsis

Owing the wrong people money can get ugly pretty quick. Nick Gutlicht, a rogue with proletarian roots and an opportunistic handler in valuable books, must go into hiding. Chance leads him to the house of the aged star psychologist Curt Ledig, who despite his failing memory, a pathological fear of kitchens and an eye twitch, is fighting tooth and nail against moving in with his daughter. Nick is promptly hired as his chaperone - a lifesaver for Nick as Ledig’s posh bungalow in Feldafing am Ammersee is a brilliant hideout, and a chance for Curt to be free of his meddlesome family so he can work on an upcoming symposium lecture no one thinks he can pull off. Curt is determined to take a stand regarding his early scholarly career during the Third Reich.

The unexpected marriage of convenience between the two stubborn individualists quickly develops into a dynamic constellation with substantial centrifugal force. Curt finds a highly interesting research subject in his volatile flat mate, submitting him to unsolicited and unconventional therapy, while Nick sees Curt’s valuable library as his only chance to consolidate his finances. But meanwhile: Nick’s casual lover, the pretty bookseller Norah, is fed up with his commitment issues. Nick’s creditors are working their way toward Ammerssee led by a dubious underworld matriarch simply known as "Mother". Curt’s family has popped in for a visit - and Nick is beginning to have some astounding side-effects from his involuntary blitz-therapy. The fates of the two antithetical heroes become inescapably intertwined until a dramatic therapy showdown in the solitude of a mountain night leaves no more room for excuses.

SUPEREGOS is its own kind of double-trouble buddy movie: dark, cryptic, with surprising wit and two magnificent leading actors.


Cast

Curt Ledig André Wilms
Nick Gutlicht Georg Friedrich
Rosa Bettina Stucky
Norah Susanne Wolff
Frau Tischmann Elisabeth Orth
Mutter Maria Hofstätter
Fanny Margarita Broich
Jasper Markus Schleinzer
Moderator Michael Wittenborn


Crew

Written by Benjamin Heisenberg and Josef Lechner
Directed by Benjamin Heisenberg
Producers Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach and Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)
Co-producers Ruth Waldburger (VEGA Film)
Franz Novotny, Alexander Glehr (Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion)
Peter Heilrath (Peter Heilrath Filmproduktion)
Commissioning Editors WDR Andrea Hanke
BR Cornelia Ackers
ARTE Georg Steinert
Line Producer SRF Esther Rutschmann
Coproductions SRF Urs Fitze
National Coordination SRG SSR Sven Wälti
Director of Photography Reinhold Vorschneider
Casting Ulrike Müller
Set Designer Renate Schmaderer
Costume Designer Stephanie Rieß
Make Up Wiltrud Derschmidt, Dörte Dobkowitz
Composer Lorenz Dangel
Sound Laurent Barbey
Casting Ulrike Müller
Editors Stefan Kälin, Andreas Wodraschke


Theatrical Release

Germany, Austria, Switzerland


Festivals

Berlinale 2014 - Panorama Special
CPH:PIX
2 Riversides Film Festival
Kamera Ostrava
Chicago International Film Festival
Comedy Cluj Film Festival
St Petersburg Cool Connections
La Paz Muestra de Cine Europeo
Festival des Deutschen Films
Chennai International Film Festival


Distribution/World Distribution

Distribution: Piffl Medien (http://www.piffl-medien.de/)
World Distribution: Films Distribution (http://www.filmsdistribution.com/)


Links

Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion: http://www.novotnyfilm.at/kino/
Vega Film ( http://www.vegafilm.com/)