Geraldine Chaplin joins cast of Wolfgang Becker's Ich & Kaminsky
by Birgit Heidsiek
- The GoodBye Lenin! director shoots another tragic comedy
After his internationally acclaimed tragic comedy Good Bye, Lenin! [+see also:
interview: Wolfgang Becker
film profile] German film writer/director and co-founder of the Berlin-based production outfit X Filme Creative Pool, Wolfgang Becker, is shooting his new movie Ich & Kaminsky [+see also:
film profile]. The tragi-comedy is based on the bestselling novel by Daniel Kehlmann, who also delivered the source material for the 3D production Die Vermessung der Welt [+see also:
film profile] by Detlev Buck.
In Ich & Kaminsky, a vain but unsuccessful cultural critic plans to write a biography about an aged artist who once caused furore in the art world as a blind painter, but has fallen into oblivion. The journalist calculates to go viral with his book, which he wants to publish straight after the artist's death, and he manages to break the daily routine of the painter which is marked by age, loneliness and home care. With the promise that he is going to meet his early love, the writer takes the old guy on a journey across Europe. The conceited journalist thinks that he is the clever one, but he has no clue that the old man is actually using him so that he can escape from his over-protective daughter.
Good Bye, Lenin! star Daniel Brühl and Jesper Christensen play the leads, while Geraldine Chaplin takes the role of Kaminsky‘s old flame. As a German-Belgian co-production, Ich & Kaminsky is produced by Uwe Schott from X Filme Creative Pool (Cloud Atlas [+see also:
film profile]) and Franz Esterházy from ED Productions Sprl as well as commissioning editors Gebhard Henke (WDR) and Andreas Schreitmüller (Arte). The project received backing from Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Eurimages and MEDIA.