Schmitke

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    Schmitke

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    Germany, Czech Republic

    2014

    97 min

    • German
    • Czech

    Comedy drama

    Julius Schmitke is a fifty-seven-year-old German wind turbine engineer. He feels ill and his body creaks, crunches and groans with age. One day, he is sent somewhere to the Czech side of the Ore Mountains to fix one of his old model, a C 174 turbine that, mysteriously, will not stop creaking and squeaking, just like his own body does. But this is not the only mystery awaits him. His colleague disappears, strange things happen, and Schmitke starts to "feel" the spirit of the forest around him. The longer Julius wanders around the harsh and misty mountains, the more it surprises him that this entire expedition into the ominous and unknown jungle seems to be a return to old, familiar places within himself.

    Awards

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    • Prize for Best Debut Film - Cottbus FF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Filmkunstfest Schwerin

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    Credits

    Cast
    Peter Kurth
    Johann Jurgens
    Peter Vrsek
    Helena Dvorakova
    Johanna Schmidmajerova
    Lana Cooper
    Screenplay
    Jan Fusek
    Tomas Koncinsky
    Stepan Aldrichter
    based on the story by Koncinsky
    Cinematography
    Cristian Pirjol
    Editing
    Philipp Wenning
    Music
    Johannes Repka

    Director's Statement

    The film is based on a short story by the writer and screenwriter Tomáš Končinský entitled “Julius Schmitke slipped through death’s fingers like an awkward seal”, which immediately captured my interest. It is a story set somewhere between comedy and mystery, somewhere in the fog of the Ore Mountains, full of the atmosphere of this mysterious stretch of land, its history and its people. But first of all it's the story of the inner world of an aging, clumsy man who is unable to participate in the world arround him. He shows us a feeling that we all know in today’s ultra-fast virtual world. It's a journey into the mind of an unfortunate man, which makes us feel what we don't allow ourselves to feel that much anymore.

    Production
    CREDO FILM
    Sales
    NEGATIV FILM

    Press

    An engaging character study.

    Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

    Stepan Altrichter

    Stepan Altrichter

    Czech Republic

    Born in 1981 in Brno, Czech Republic, Štěpán studied philosophy at the Free University of Berlin while taking on various film editing jobs and film set internships. So far he has completed film projects in Germany, the Czech Republic, Peru, Turkey, China and Iran. His works include DAVID(2007) and SCHMITKE (2014).