Werner Schumann in post with Absolution
by Naman Ramachandran
- Gangster thriller was shot completely on the Red 4K in Berlin with Tomas Spencer Denis Lyons and Nora Huetz
London-based director Werner Schumann (O Coro) is currently in post-production in Berlin for gangster thriller Absolution, written by Carlos L. Vogt and produced by Joern Zielke. The film follows a hitman working for the Russian mafia, who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer when he is sent to Berlin to pick up the watch Yuri Gagarin wore on his first flight into outer space. But a lot of people have to be eliminated to get the watch and in the process he must also save the victim of a prostitution ring. The cast includes Tomas Spencer (Exploitation), Denis Lyons (Head To Love) and Nora Huetz (Mesphisto-Effekt).
The film was mostly shot in Berlin and on the Red 4K camera. The film is one of the first to feature the sport of chess boxing, invented in 1992 by French artist and filmmaker Enki Bilal and later popularised by Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, where participants must be skilled in both disciplines and alternate between them.
The film is a co-production between Germany’s Graciosa Pictures and Studio Mitte and the UK’s Schumann Brothers. A distribution deal will be concluded during the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival next February with a view to release in 2014.
Schumann said, “Like any other film Absolution was a great challenge to make, but I am very happy with the results. As a director I had a strong support from the producers. We shared the same amount of creativity. I’ve been working specially with German producer Joern Zielke to deliver a high quality film that is at the same time artistically consistent and commercially viable.”
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