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by Christian Frei


Paralyzing, tormenting and overwhelming… Often laughed off as nothing more than an affliction of adolescence, lovesickness becomes the topic of a documentary film. The director and his cinematographer dive into the frenzied nights of the newly rejected. Nights full of pain and tears, yet also wakefulness and creativity. An anthropologist researches the astounding and profound processes that are unfolding in the brain of the lovesick. Has nature overdone it? The film explores the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self.

international title: Sleepless in New York
original title: Sleepless in New York
country: Switzerland
sales agent: Films Transit International Inc./Quebec
year: 2014
genre: documentary
directed by: Christian Frei
film run: 92'
screenplay: Christian Frei
cinematography by: Peter Indergand
film editing: Christian Frei, Lara Hacisalihzade
music: Max Richter, Eleni Karaindrou, Giya Kancheli
producer: Christian Frei
production: Christian Frei Filmproduktion GmbH, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRG SSR, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ARTE France
distributor: Praesens Film AG

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