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A THOUSAND OCEANS

by Luki Frieden

synopsis

Twenty-four-year-old Meikel Willer is forced to leave his best friend Björn on the Maledives because freedom-loving Björn has decided not to return back to everyday life. Back home, Meikel realises that something must have happened while he was away. But his family doesn’t communicate about it. Meikel, who always wanted to fulfill his parent’s expectations, feels more and more like a misfit. Especially his father, who had always favored him, treats him inexplicably hostile. They advise him not to bring back Björn. Meikel becomes curious and wants to find out what secret lies behind Björn’s refusal to return. But as his brother Eric slightly opens up to him, Meikel manages to reconstruct piece by piece. And the closer he gets to the hidden secret of Björn, the more he realises that he is on the run from his own family. He understands that he doesn’t have to rescue Björn but himself. Meikel faces up to the demons of his childhood with all his power to finally be able to go the way he avoided his whole life. His last decision is so serious that it could even destroy his family’s life forever. And then, on a deserted road in the wood, a fatal car accident happens in which four of five young people die right on the spot.

international title: A Thousand Oceans
original title: Tausend Ozeane
country: Switzerland, Luxembourg
sales agent: Iris Productions
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Luki Frieden
screenplay: Luki Frieden, Jasmine Hoch, Thommie Bayer
cast: Max Riemelt, Thierry van Werveke, Nicole Max, Max S imonischek, Joel Basman, Sabine Berg, Lale Yavas
cinematography by: Carlo Thiel
film editing: Misch Bervard
art director: Hanspeter Remund
costumes designer: Linda Harper
music: Luk Zimmermann, Christian Brantschen
producer: Nadja Baraniak, Theres Scherer-Kollbrunner, Nicolas Steil
production: Carac Film, Iris Productions, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
distributor: Frenetic Films
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