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    Original Bliss

    Gleissendes Glück

    Directed by

    Germany

    2016

    102 min

    • German

    Drama

    Based on the novel by A.L. Kennedy: Helen Brindel is trapped in a violent marriage and the prison of her faith when she falls in love with a scholar, Professor Eduard Gluck. But he’s a secret porn addict. Slowly, carefully, two very different individuals get to know each other.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize, Europa Cinemas Label Award - Karlovy Vary IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Martina Gedeck
    Ulrich Tukur
    Johannes Krisch
    Screenplay
    Sven Taddicken
    Stefanie Veith
    Hendrik Hölzemann
    Cinematography
    Daniela Knapp
    Editing
    Andreas Wodraschke
    Music
    Riad Abdel-Nabi
    Wouter Verhulst
    Production
    FRISBEEFILMS
    Sales
    PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    Taddicken absorbs the film’s revelations into a mature, thought-provoking, often very funny reflection on what it means to need and feel love.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    An elegantly disquieting investigation into the interrelation of faith, violence and sexual degradation, held together by a rivetingly sure-footed performance by German star Martina Gedeck.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    A powerful psychological drama.

    Birgit Heidsiek, Cineuropa

    Sven Taddicken

    Sven Taddicken

    Germany

    Sven Taddicken was born in Hamburg in 1974 and started studying directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg 1996. His short film COUNTING SHEEP (1999) was nominated for a Student Oscar. His feature film debut GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001) has a tender tale of a family with a handicapped boy. Tragicomic romance EMMA‘S BLISS (2006) won the German Cinema New Talent Award for lead actress Jördis Triebel at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. Taddicken also directed the TV mystery PROFESSOR BRAAMS – THE INNOCENT MURDERER (2008).