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by Axel Koenzen


Ahti Ikonen is a reliable captain at the height of his career. He is in command of the 35,000-ton container vessel Brugge, which enters the port of Savannah/United States behind schedule. The loading of the ship commences in haste as the crew, led by the ambitious Romanian officer Katia, works by the piece so that they can sail in time. The Filipino seaman James has an accident during this semi- legal lashing procedure. Ahti has to face the consequences of his orders: In the port of Rotterdam/Netherlands unionized dockworkers exploit the incident and refuse to unload the ship. Standstill. The captain is caught between the frontlines. Ahti is keen to elucidate the accident, but the situation becomes more and more contradictory…

original title: Deadweight
country: Germany, Finland
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Axel Koenzen
release date: DE 14/02/2016
screenplay: Horst Markgraf, Axel Koenzen, Boris Doran
producer: Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
production: Rohfilm GmbH, Bufo
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmfoundation Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, ARTE, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, YLE, Finnish Film Fund
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