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Germany
2000, 100 min

Section: East Meets West
Year: 2001


Synopsis

The German city of Mannheim is home for a group of illegal immigrants. Each tries to survive in his or her own way, and to get as much money as possible. Branko from Croatia often sells drugs in order to earn a living for himself and his dying mother. He and his cohort from prison, a Georgian named Merab, accept a job to kill a businessman and it is only coincidence which prevents them from carrying out the deed. A huge black man named Carlos, a refugee from Haiti, dreams of going to Australia even though it would mean earning the money by selling his own organs. He finds himself getting closer to Lan, an ageing Vietnamese prostitute who has also been through the school of hard knocks. She also indulges in an absurd dream: avenging her mother’s death which occurred long ago. But prospects for living in the rich but inaccessible Germany are ever gloomier, especially when Lan’s temporary protector returns to ‘normal’ society while she and the other bizarre figures of this world, inescapable and unmentioned in public, remain. Main prize at the 10th Cottbus Film Festival 2000.

About the director

Dito Tsintsadze (b. 1957, Tbilisi) attended (1975-81) the Theatre and Film Institute in his home town and then worked for several years as an assistant director. He made his feature debut in 1986 with White Night. He has also worked with Schvidkatsa, a private film production group. On the Borderline (1993) won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno IFF and the Golden Eagle at the Macedonian Film Festival in 1993. Other films include Home (1991) and Guests (1993). “I like the characters in this film,” the director says, “because in spite of everything they manage to retain their dignity. And for me that’s one of the most important human qualities because it awakens hope inside us and keeps it alive.”

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: East Meets West
   
Director: Dito Tsintsadze
Screenplay: Dito Tsintzade
Dir. of Photography: Benedict Neuenfels
Music: Dito Tsintsadze, Mirian, Udo Schöbel
Editor: Stephan Krumbiegel
Producer: Peter Rommel
Production: Home Run Pictures, Peter Rommel Productions
Cast: Nicole Sedig, Misel Maticevic, Lasha Bakradze, Elie James Blezes, Franca Kastein Ferreira Alves, Franz Kalles, Michael Holz, Dito Tsintsadze, Athanasios "Sake" Casmadakis, Victor Benzles
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