A production of mem-film GmbH
in Co-production with Arte and Bayerischer Rundfunk
Directed by: Felix Fuchssteiner
Screenplay: Katharina Schöde based on the play by Tankred Dorst
Cast: Frank Giering, Michael Schenk, Karl-Heinz Gierke
DP: Markus Krämer
Production Design: Tobias Kreissl
Costume Design: Katharina Schöde
Make-Up: Sabine Skuhra
Editor: Felix Fuchssteiner
Music by: Philipp F. Kölmel
A barren landscape. Withered bushes, dead shrubs. Yellow-brown. Somewhere in the south. Scorching heat, shimmering air. A road winds up a mountain to a steep curve. At its foot, in front of a jagged rock, a small, modest hut. There live the brothers ANTON and RUDOLF. An improvised workshop. Next to it, an old, burnt-out VW bus, already overgrown. Half hidden behind a rock, we can see an improvised cemetery: carefully laid out graves, decorated with simple wooden crosses and a few flowers.
The curve - the livelihood and raison d'être of the two brothers - because from time to time a car, obeying centrifugal forces, skids out of the curve and plunges down cliff. The brothers' ritual begins: Rudolf repairs the cars, sells them and thus provides for their livelihood. Anton takes care of the injured, writes eulogies and organizes dignified funerals. The brothers are a well-coordinated team, even if their different characters clash from time to time.
After each accident, Anton sends a petition to the Secretary KRIEGBAUM, the responsible official in the Ministry of Transport. The danger should finally be eliminated. There have already been too many accidents: something must be done!
Twenty-four accidents had already occurred, and the ministry did not react. But the twenty-fifth accident is different: for the first time, the driver survives the crash, and the brothers are shocked to discover that it is Kriegbaum himself.
Kriegbaum regains consciousness and slowly realizes where he has landed. Rudolf repairs his car. He is thrilled: finally a Mercedes, not a junk car as usual. Anton writes Kriegbaum's eulogy, he is also pleased: for the first time he has the opportunity to interview a living person for his speech. Kriegbaum is rather creeped out by this, he wants to leave as soon as possible, and promises to finally have the curve secured. The brothers' task, life and financial livelihood are at risk. Kriegbaum promises them a nicer, better life in the city, but in doing so he makes a mistake: the two don't want to go to the city, they are at home here and happy...
Slamdance Film Festival 2003
Special Jury Award
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award: Best Dramatic Short
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis
Nomination for best directing
Temecula Valley International Film Festival
Jury Prize for Best Short Film
Film Festival Brussel
Festival International du Film Indépendant
Sonderpreis der Jury
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Weeks of German Cinama "Das neue Kino"
Eclipse Film Festival
Best Short Film
Best Director - Felix Fuchssteiner
Best Screenplay - Tankred Dorst & Katharina Schöde