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by Nana Neul


Mel (22) is a young woman with boyish looks and build, whose short hair and baggy clothes hide her femininity. She has a humdrum job, preparing airline food for a nearby airport, and has big plans to escape with her brother Knut (25) and see the world. But Mel’s dreams crash to Earth when Knut tells her his girlfriend, Vicky, is pregnant. His well-intended pressure that she should find herself a boyfriend is shrugged off by Mel telling him she already has one. Except... she hasn’t. Fortunately, Mel has a Portuguese colleague, Nuno, who is happy to take her money and play the part for her at Knut’s engagement party. Unfortunately, he plays the part all too well and Mel’s family is smitten with him, inviting him to come by more often. To which Nuno cannot say no...

international title: To Faro (My Friend from Faro)
original title: Mein Freund aus Faro
country: Germany
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Nana Neul
screenplay: Nana Neul, Nana Neul
cast: Anjorka Strechel, Lucie Hollmann, Manuel Cortez, Florian Panzner, Tilo Prueckner
cinematography by: Leah Striker
film editing: Dora Vajda
art director: Christiane Krumwiede
music: Joerg Follert
producer: Hejo Emons, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel, Kristina Loebbert
production: Wueste Film West, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk
backing: Filmstiftung NRW
distributor: Outplay Films

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