Los Angeles Premiere
Friday, October 23rd 2015, 9:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
German and Czech with English Subtitles
Info: +1 3235253388
Germany (2014), 90 min. DCP Projection
Director: Stepán Altrichter
Screenplay: Stepán Altrichter, Tomás Koncinsky, Jan Fusek
Cinematography: Christian Pirjol Cast Peter Kurth, Johann Jürgens, Petr Vrsek, Helena Dvoráková, Lana Cooper, Stephan Grossmann, Johana Schmidtmajerová, Jakub Zácek Producers Susann Schimk, Jörg Trentmann, Tomás Vach
Production Company: credo:film/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Produkce Radim Procházka/Prague, Mamoko Entertainment/Munich
Like his once state-of-the-art “C 174” wind turbine, 57 year-old German engineer Julius Schmitke (Peter Kurth) is past his prime.
No longer models of efficiency both creak and groan under the strain of their daily duties.
A man of few words, Schmitke leads a banal, solitary life, but, intrigued by reports of a hermit, known as the “Bear-Man” found living alone in the woods, Schmitke begins to dream of deep, dark forests.
When a model C 174 breaks down outside a small Czech town on the German border, Schmitke and his slacker subordinate Gruber are sent to repair it.
Here, the engineers encounter an odd assortment of townspeople, and the undeniable allure and danger of the impenetrable Ore Mountain forest.
The next day, Gruber mysteriously vanishes and Schmitke is drawn to the woods.
Katharina Grischkowski’s extraordinary sound design contrasts the creaking of the C 174 with the eerie stillness of the forest, heightening the surreal atmosphere provided by Christian Pirjol’s haunting cinematography.
Altrichter, who also co-wrote the screenplay, deftly balances the bizarre and the beautiful in this desolate, deadpan, comic mystery.
Double Feature presentation begins with JACK at 7:30 pm followed by Schmitke at approximately 9:30 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
$11.- General Audiences
$9.- Seniors, Students
$7.- Cinematheque Members
$9.- FoG Members (box office only, must present membership card!)
Filmfestival Cottbus 2014 (Best Debut Film)
FIPRESCI Prize 2015
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2015) Best Score and Sound Design
Stepán Altrichter was born in 1981 in Brno/Czech Republic and grew up in Prague and southern Germany.
From 2002-2005 he studied philosophy and psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin, taking editing jobs and internships on film sets.
A graduate of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, his films include the shorts Lausch (2005), Strange News (2006), Did Michael Knight End the Cold War? (2009) Alyena-Little Miss Neukölln (2011), and Duygu (2012).
Schmitke is his feature debut.