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Venice: Film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in Competition

  • Drama with Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer and others
  • Production by Wiedemann & Berg with Pergamon Film, with shoot in NRW
  • 75th Venice International Film Festival from 29.8. – 8.9.2018

The Filmstiftung-backed drama „Werk ohne Autor“ by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck will be screening in the Competition of the 75th Venice International Film Festival (29.8. – 8.9.2018).

„Werk ohne Autor“
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck wrote the screenplay and directed. The leads were taken by Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl and Ina Weisse. The film is a production of Wiedemann & Berg Film with Pergamon Film in association with the broadcasters ARD Degeto and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Wiedemann & Berg had already worked with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on the Oscar-winning work „The Lives Of Others“. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany is responsible for theatrical distribution, with Beta Cinema handling world sales. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supported the production with 400,000 Euros. Additional funding came from MBB, FFA, FFF Bayern, MDM and DFFF. The cast also features Florian Bartholomäi, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Ben Becker, Antonia Bill, Rainer Bock, Jonas Dassler, Lars Eidinger, Johanna Gastdorf, Jeanette Hain, Hanno Koffler, Oliver Masucci, Franz Pätzold, Sebastian Rudolph, Hinnerk Schönemann, Jörg Schüttauf, David Schütter and Ulrike C. Tscharre, among others.

Inspired by true events, the drama passes through three periods of German history to recount the story of the dramatic life of the artist Kurt (Tom Schilling), his passionate love for Elisabeth (Paula Beer), and the far-reaching relationship with his devious father-in-law Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch) whose real blame for the fateful events in Kurt’s life ultimately comes to light in his art and paintings.

Venice International Film Festival
The Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica di Venezia is not only regarded as the world’s oldest existing film festival, but it is also one of the three most important of its kind alongside Cannes and the Berlinale.

Venice Days (29.8. – 8.9.2018): The Filmstiftung-backed drama "Styx" by Wolfgang Fischer is nominated for the LUX Film Prize and will be shown at the Venice Days.