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by Sonja Heiss


Hedi Schneider is Stuck tells us a story about how life can slip out of control. Uli, Hedi and Finn are a happy, loving family. They get by with various odd jobs, and Hedi particularly uses humour to deal with every unpleasant setback. Even when she gets stuck in the elevator, she seems to manage just fine. But the moment she begins to suffer from panic attacks, the everyday life of the family suddenly gets out of control and everything that seemed to be certain is not anymore. Nothing will stay the same, and even when Hedi manages to overcome the crisis, both Hedi and Uli are aware that they have become other persons than before. Well-meant advice, hysterical parents, bored therapists and unfulfilled wishes – all these together create a tragicomedy about fear and the influence of love.

international title: Hedi Schneider is Stuck
original title: Hedi Schneider steckt fest
country: Germany, Norway
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Sonja Heiss
film run: 92'
screenplay: Sonja Heiss
cast: Laura Tonke, Felix Knopp, Hans Löw
cinematography by: Nikolai von Graevenitz
costumes designer: Nicole von Graevenitz
music: Lambert
producer: Heino Herrenbrück, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade
production: Komplizen Film, Mer Film, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
distributor: Pandora Film Distribution, The Match Factory


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