Polar night on the brink of the Arctic Ocean. A German family emigrates to start anew, in the most northern city in the world, Hammerfest. Instead, a horrible accident questions everything. What role does guilt play in regard to our happiness?

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2012
Production country:
Germany
Norway
Release date (national):
2012-09-01
Release date (international):
2012-02-16
Production company:
Schwarzweiss Filmproduktion GmbH
Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur GmbH
ophir film gmbh
Co production company:
Neofilm AS
Producer:
Andreas Born
Matthias Glasner
Kristine M.I. Knudsen
Line producer:
Andreas Born
Co producer:
Aage Aaberge
Sales agent:
Beta Cinema GmbH

Director

  • Matthias Glasner

    Matthias Glasner was born in Hamburg in 1965. His mother works in a kindergarten and his father is a salesman, a man "who has sold anything and everthing from shoe laces to wine". He has one sister. Glasner went to a local school but prefered to pursue his own extra-curricular activities, namely spending as much time as possible at the local cinema soaking up the kind of films his parents and most adults would most likely have disapproved of i.e. the fun suff! Successfully dodging the need or requirement to go on to higher education ("I have no professional qualifications at all"), he also dodged military service, opting for its civilian alternative and working in a youth hostel instead. He also continued to go to the cinema. Proving that formal eductaion really can be overrated, Glasner made his first film, Requiem, in 1987. This was followed by Die Mediocren (1995), Sexcy Sadie (1996) and Fandango (2000). His other credits include the multi-award winning Der Freie Wille (Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2006, screened at Tribeca, Chicago and Trieste - where it won the main award 2007 and many other festivals) and This is Love (2009).

     

    Matthias Glasner

Cast

Sofie:
Iren Reppen
Bjørn:
Stig Henrik Hoff
Niels:
Jürgen Vogel
Maria:
Birgit Minichmayr
Markus:
Henry Stange
Linda:
Ane Dahl Torp
Wenche:
Maria Bock

Festivals

2012:
Berlin International Film Festival
2012:
Norwegian Film Week, Moscow

Crew

Director:
Matthias Glasner
Screenplay:
Kim Fupz Aakeson
Cinematographer:
Jakub Bejnarowicz
Camera:
Sven Ole Rennecke
Editor:
Heike Gnida
Composer:
HomeSweetHome
ProductionDesigner:
Claus Rudolf Amler
Set Decorator:
Ulrike Mossig
Prop Master:
Desiree Peton
Åsmund Stemme
Costume Designer:
Sabine Keller
Sound Design:
Stefan Soltau
Björn Wiese
Sound Recording:
Stefan Soltau
VFX supervisor:
Olaf Skrzipczyk
VFX artist:
Paul Schicketanz
First assistant director:
Rick Ostermann
Script:
Maria Wolf
Casting:
Ingvild Evjemo
Patrick Dreikauss

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
35mm
Screen ratio:
1:2,35
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Dolby SRD
Length in mins:
131'
Language:
English
Norwegian
German

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