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by Marek Beles


After successfully completing chemotherapy for her breast cancer, 23 year old Ina just wants to throw herself back into life and achieve her dreams of becoming an actress. She auditions at the theatre and lies about her lack of experience but her passion convinces the director to hire her for the main role. However, her boyfriend is not thrilled and worried she will over exert herself. At the same time, Ina’s work at the theatre doesn’t go as well as she hoped for. Nevertheless, Ina is determined to forget that she has been so ill, and this creates a lot of problems. Finally she has to understand that she cannot run away from her illness, but that new beginnings are still very possible.

original title: Stages
country: Switzerland, Germany
sales agent: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Marek Beles
film run: 80'
screenplay: Nadine Fiebig
cast: Anna Brüggemann, Johannes Allmayer, Katrin Bühring, Heiner Heusinger, Barbara Schnitzler, Frank-Otto Schenk
cinematography by: Andrea Gatzke
film editing: Marco Baumhof
art director: Ana Rocha Fernandes
music: Jochen Fuchs
producer: Igor Dovgal
production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Essence Entertainment (CH)
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