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THE HAIRDRESSER

by Doris Dörrie

synopsis

Unemployed hairdresser Kathi König has decided to move back to the Berlin district of Marzahn where she grew up. Her ex-husband, Micha, is still living in their detached house in Gräfenhainichen with his new wife and a new daughter. So here she sits, in between packing cases and the dubious charm of Marzahn’s concrete pre-fabs. Nonetheless, Kathi is determined to get a grip on her new life. The job centre finds her a position at a hairdressing salon at Eastgate shopping centre. Unfortunately Kathi, who is a very heavy girl, is turned down because she ‘doesn’t look the part’. At least that’s what the salon’s boss, Mrs Krieger, tells her. But Kathi isn’t easily deterred. She decides to open up her own hairdressing salon in the now-empty Asian snack bar next door to Salon Krieger. This marks the beginning of a battle with the authorities, the banks and a bevy of consultants.

international title: The Hairdresser
original title: Die Friseuse
country: Germany
sales agent: Fortissimo Films
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Doris Dörrie
film run: 106'
release date: DE 18/02/2010, AT 19/03/2010, NL 15/07/2010
screenplay: Laila Stieler
cast: Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Natascha Lawiszus, Christina Grosse, Rolf Zacher, Maren Kroymann, Michael Schenk
cinematography by: Hanno Lentz
film editing: Frank J. Müller, Inez Regnier
art director: Susanne Hopf
costumes designer: Sabine Greunig
music: Ivan Hajek Coconami, LaBrassBanda
producer: Ulrich Limmer
production: Collina Filmproduktion GmbH, Constantin Film AG
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern), German Federal Film Board (FFA), German Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
distributor: Constantin Film, Paradiso Entertainment BV