Finsterworld

Feature Film | DE 2013 | 90' | OV

At first glance, FINSTERWORLD makes Germany look anything but sinister. On the contrary: the sun shines down from above in an almost relentless fashion, resulting in a somewhat surreal scenery. Behind the facades, though, things look more sinister. As she is working on a touching portrait of a man living on state benefits, a documentary filmmaker (Sandra Hüller) proves to be a total egomaniac in her relationship with a policeman (Ronald Zehrfeld). All but abandoned by her family, an old woman (Margit Carstensen) languishes in a nursing home, where the sole attention for her comes from a foot fetishist (Michael Maertens). A rich couple (Corinna Harfouch, Jakub Gierszal) rushes down the German Autobahn in their SUV, closed off from all sounds of the outside world, and united only in their smug cynicism. Director Frauke Finsterwalder interweaves five storylines in her first feature film, which she also co-wrote with her husband, novelist Christian Kracht (A SMALL EMPIRE, forthcoming). The outcome is a mixture of satire and subtle horror that stands all but unique among recent German film productions.

Producer
Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm, Cornelia Ackers, Cornelius Conrad, Jochen Kölsch, Monika Lobkowicz, Lisa Müller, Andreas Schreitmüller, Tobias Schultze
Director
Frauke Finsterwalder
Script
Frauke Finsterwalder, Christian Kracht
Photography
Markus Förderer
Editor
Andreas Menn
Sound
Gunnar Voigt, Thomas Conen
Music
Michaela Melian
Production Design
Katharina Wöppermann
Casting
Simone Bär
Principal Cast
Michael Maertens, Ronald Zehrfeld, Sandra Hüller, Corinna Harfouch, Margit Carstensen, Leonard Scheicher
Production Companies
Walker + Worm Film/ARTE/Bayerischer Rundfunk/Lhasa Film

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Selected filmography Frauke Finsterwalder

WEIL DER MENSCH EIN MENSCH IST (2007), DIE GROSSE PYRAMIDE (2010)