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by Andreas Arnstedt


Conrad Weitzmann is not a very successful author. He is, however, convinced that the world needs to hear about the love story of his parents. Ten years ago, following the death of his mother, he began writing the screenplay ‘The Orange Grove’. And indeed, the material seemed to inspire the television editor Stuckradt Halmer. But after five years of mail traffic and countless changes, Conrad is forced to accept that he hasn’t progressed a single step - and must now resort to drastic action. He makes a momentous decision: Without further ado, Weitzmann, together with his father Ephraim, kidnaps the television man and holds him captive in their basement until he agrees to help finish the script. But it appears that Conrad’s hostage has never even heard about the screenplay.

international title: The Cuckoo and the Donkey
original title: Der Kuckuck und der Esel
country: Germany
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Andreas Arnstedt
film run: 95'
release date: DE 03/09/2015
screenplay: Andreas Arnstedt, Horst Fichte
cast: Joost Siedhoff, Thilo Prothmann, Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Marie Schöneburg
cinematography by: Moritz Anton
film editing: Sylvain Coutandin
costumes designer: Marthe Labes, Sarah Marleen Methner
music: David Orlowsky Trio
producer: Martin Lehwald
co-producer: Andreas Arnstedt
production: Schiwago Film GmbH, Questionmark Entertainment
distributor: missingFilms


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