Words can be dangerous...sometimes deadly, even for the person who writes them.
In a time when the mere publication of a poem may lead to death, the writer Daniil (Mirkus Hahn) plans to write a subversive novel. When he starts his work, disregarding the warnings of his writer-friend Sakerdon (Hendrik Arnst), he receives a visit from a strange old woman. Her sudden death turns Daniil’s life into a nightmare. While the authorities are closing in on him, Daniil gets more and more lost in the entanglements of his novel.
The film is based on the last short story of the surrealist Daniil Charms, who was persecuted during the Stalin-era and died in prison, pursuing the question of how far a man is willing to go for the sake of his values.
duration: 29:50 minutes
short fiction, german w/ english subtitles
shooting format: RED RAW 4K
screening formats: HDCAM, DigiBeta, Blu-ray, Quicktime ProRes422(HQ) (1080/25p)
sound: Dolby 5.1
actors: Mirkus Hahn, Hendrik Arnst, Olga Kolb, Karla Trippel, Helga Boettiger
producers: Filmfieber/Tim Ottenstein, Ariane Mayer Filmproduktion
co-producers: Die Generale/Arto Buhmann, WeFadeToGrey GmbH
screenplay: Axel Roethemeyer, co-writer: Ariane Mayer
director: Ariane Mayer
director of photography: Tim Ottenstein
production design: Nobel Nobielski
costume design: Friederike Brodersen
editing: Florian Metzner
music: Stefan Maria Schneider, Leonard Petersen
sound design: Immo Trümpelmann, Alexander Heinze
year of production: 2011
country of production: Germany
festival premiere: 2011
2012 - The Accolade Competition (US) - Best of Show
2012 - LICHTER Filmfest International Frankfurt (Germany) - Best Short