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by Timm Kröger


1929. Music teacher Paul Leinert receives an unexpected letter from his friend Otto Schiffmann, a young and talented composer who has moved away from Berlin after a failed marriage. The letter is an invitation for Paul to come and visit Otto in his forest cabin - and to get to know his new work, a long-awaited symphony. Taking his wife Anna and his colleague Willi along with him, the three find Otto’s cabin, but their host is nowhere to be seen. As they go looking for him the next day, Paul notices something odd about the local birds' singing...

international title: The Council of Birds
original title: Zerrumpelt Herz
country: Germany
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Timm Kröger
screenplay: Timm Kröger, Roderick Warich
cast: Thorsten Wien, Daniel Krauss, Christian Blümel, Andreas Conrad
cinematography by: Roland Stuprich
film editing: Jann Anderegg
art director: Cosima Vellenzer
music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
producer: Viktoria Stolpe
production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

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