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Bánffy Castle



Germany, 2005, Super 16 - Color - 43 min

DIRECTED BY:
Tobias Mueller

PRODUCER:
Hanneke M. Van der Tas

WORLD SALES:
Filmakademie BW

STORY DESCRIPTION:

BÁNFFY CASTLE SYNOPSISHis curiosity awakened by troubled letters from a friend working at Bánffy Castle, a psychiatric clinic in rural Rumania, director Tobias Müller sets out to discover life at Bánffy Castle for himself, hoping to find at least some happiness, smiling faces, minor triumphs and, most of all, people who are able to value life’s little pleasures. He meets the inhabitants of Bánffy Castle, its “princes” and “princesses”. Enneke, the young woman with a sparkle in her eye, Günther, a broken legged footballer with theories about populated planets, and lovely Rosi, with her red hat and dislike of pills. He discovers lives that, in some ways, mirror his own. Everyday routine punctuated by petty squabbles, laughter, illness, friendship, loss, even the occasional party. But the effects of poverty and mental illness on the patients are devastating and as the film unravels nothing can explain the perpetual cycle of misery, madness and death.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTORTobias Müller was born on 2 July 1979 in Sigmaringen, Germany.He attended the Technical High School in Sigmaringen, taking a variety of practical courses, including electronics and mechanics, in additional to the standard academic syllabus.After having passed his A-levles in 1999, Tobias completed his 15-month compulsory community service in the United States, where he was assigned to the Waldorf School in Detroit, Michigan. During this time, he also did an internship at the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), assisting in the production of children’s programs. Before returning home, he travelled around America for three months.Back in Germany, Tobias worked at a local radio station before doing an internship at Tangram - Christian Bauer Documentary Film Production in Munich. Tobias has studied documentary filmmaking at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany since 2001. In addition, he has been working as cameraman and director on the DasDing television show for young people produced by the public television broadcaster SWR in Baden-Baden.Having been awarded a scholarship by the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, he did two semester at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV) in Havana/Cuba.Back in Germany, he is now shooting his graduation film.

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