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SLEEPING SICKNESS

by Ulrich Köhler

synopsis

Ebbo and Vera Velten have spent the better part of the past twenty years living in different African countries. Ebbo is the manager of a sleeping sickness programme. His work is fulfilling. Vera, however, feels increasingly lost in Yaounde’s ex-pat community. She can’t bear the separation from her 14- year-old daughter, Helen, who is attending boarding school in Germany. Ebbo must give up his life in Africa or he risks losing the woman he loves. But his fear of returning to a land now remote to him increases with each passing day.

international title: Sleeping Sickness
original title: Schlafkrankheit
country: Germany, France
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Ulrich Köhler
film run: 91'
release date: DE 23/06/2011, NL 28/07/2011, PL 12/08/2011
screenplay: Ulrich Köhler
cast: Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Hippolyte Girardot, Sava Lolov, Jenny Schily
cinematography by: Patrick Orth
film editing: Eva Könnemann, Katharina Wartena
art director: Jochen Dehn
costumes designer: Birgit Kilian
producer: Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Frans Van Gestel, Sébastien Lemercie, Katrin Schlösser
production: Komplizen Film, Ö Filmproduktion, Why Not Productions, IDTV Film, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
distributor: Farbfilm Verleih GmbH, September Film Distribution

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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2011 Silver Bear for Best Director
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