Archive of films Original Bliss / Gleißendes Glück
2016, 101 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
Helene Brindel’s childless marriage bears no traces of happiness, and the somber woman has also lost her faith in God. Liberation from the emotional trap of gloomy thoughts and insomnia has its price, however, when it one day appears in the person of charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck. Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others), Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon), and Johannes Krisch (Revanche) star in an uncommon psychological romance based on the novel of the same name by renowned Scottish author A. L. Kennedy.
Helene Brindel’s childless marriage shows no signs of harmony, and the somber woman has also lost her faith in God. “Where are You?” she asks from behind a veil of melancholy that separates her from the real world of relative luxury in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Liberation from the emotional trap of gloomy thoughts and insomnia appears one day in the person of charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck, a self-assured and charming speaker for “new cybernetics,” which claims the ability to control reality with the mind and the possibility of “reprogramming oneself.” But a surprising secret hides behind his elegantly formulated guidelines for a lifestyle, whose self-centeredness Gluck tries to conceal with mild irony. Even viewers who know their filmographies well will be surprised by Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others), Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon), and Johannes Krisch (Revanche) as the stars of this uncommon psychological romance, a highly original adaptation of the novel of the same name by renowned Scottish writer A. L. Kennedy.
About the director
Sven Taddicken (b. 1974, Hamburg) studied direction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 1996–2002. The short films he shot while in school won a variety of prizes, including a nomination for a Student Academy Award (Counting Sheep / Schäfchen zählen, 2000). His feature debut Getting My Brother Laid (Mein Bruder, der Vampir, 2001) took the FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam IFF. His next film Emma’s Bliss (Emmas Glück, 2006) was a grand success at festivals and even more so with the general public. In 2008 he contributed one of three segments to the story showcase 1st of May: All Belongs to You (1. Mai – Helden bei der Arbeit). A year later, his historical adventure movie about celebrated 15th-century pirates, 12 Paces without a Head (12 Meter ohne Kopf), saw cinematic release.
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About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Sven Taddicken, Stefanie Veith, Hendrik Hölzemann podle stejnojmenného románu / based on the novel of the same name by A.L. Kennedy|
|Dir. of Photography:||Daniela Knapp|
|Music:||Riad Abdel-Nabi, Wouter Verhulst|
|Art Director:||Juliane Friedrich|
|Producer:||Manuel Bickenbach, Alexander Bickenbach|
|Production:||Frisbeefilms GmbH & Co KG|
|Coproduction:||Saarländischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Arte, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Senator Film, Sky|
|Cast:||Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch|
|Sales:||Picture Tree International|
|Contact:||Frisbeefilms GmbH & Co KG|
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