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Ausgangssituation - Point of Departure



Germany, 2005, HD - Color - 93

DIRECTED BY:
Matthias Merkle

CAST:
Henriette Heinze, Klara Hoefels, Luisa Buzasi, Matthias Merkle

SCREENPLAY:
Matthias Merkle

PRODUCER:
Antje Borchardt

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Three persons, finding themselves locked in a hotel room in Athens at night, try hard to remember who they are and how they came to this strange place. What the young prostitute, the elder journalist and the rich heir will find is no definite solution of the past but a better idea of the future.

The second feature film of director Matthias Merkle is a story about the formulas of life, about its obscure and complicated connections, about the tingling power of chance - and especially about the fun of it. A play with improbability that, in our every day experiences, is more probable than logic.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

POINT OF DEPARTURE is director Matthias Merkle's (* 1970) second feature film; it was produced by his own production company 'Retsina-Film'.Matthias Merkle is one of the few young directors who learned their crafts primarily in the theatre, where he started in 1989 as assistant director to Juergen Kruse and since 1993 with his own stagings (amongst others National Theatre Stuttgart, Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus, National Theatre Mainz, Theatre Jena).Since 1998 he produces, together with dramaturg Antje Borchardt, independently his own art productions: "small" independent productions that boldly present unconventional stories.'Sing, Goddess, the Anger' (2004) was Merkle's first feature film. The aesthetically unique film version of Homer's epic 'Iliad' with the German verses of J.H. Voss was shot at original locations in and around Troy (Turkey).In the past, Merkle worked also as an exhibition scenographer (amongst others, the exhibitions 'Mensch' at the EXPO 2000 in Hannover and 'Paradiese der Moderne', 2001, Bauhaus Dessau) and in a number of theatrical installations at the Museum Island Berlin (program 'Goetterleuchten', in cooporation with the National Museums in Berlin, 2000-2004)."The complicated is alot more fun than the simple." - That is what Merkle's productions stand for, even if the press at times has labeled them 'educational terrorism'. A bold, ambitious and highly enjoyable approach to art and life. As Thusschen says: "Make something of it. Fate isn't a test, but our life", and she's right.

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