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24 / 7 The Passion of Life



Germany, 2005, - Color - 115 min

DIRECTED BY:
Roland Reber

CAST:
Marina Anna Eich (Eva), Mira Gittner (Lady Maria), Christoph Baumann (Dominik)

SCREENPLAY:
Roland Reber, Mira Gittner

PRODUCER:
Patricia Koch, Marina Anna Eich

WORLD SALES:
wtp international GmbH, Marina Anna Eich

STORY DESCRIPTION:

24 / 7 The Passion of Life … a provocative and poetic journey through the empire of sexuality, the loneliness and lustful anguish of our very being …short synopsis24// The Passion of Life is a provocative and poetic film about obsession and loneliness, about secret desires and public moral: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Eve (Marina Anna Eich), a hotelier`s daughter, and Magdalena (Mira Gittner), a sociologist who works as the dominatrix “Lady Maria” in a S&M studio, meet coincidentally. Fascinated by the bizarre world of Lady Maria, Eve begins to search for her own identity and goes on an odyssee through the empire of sexuality - a journey to the hidden places of our soul.synopsis24/7 The Passion of Life is about our fear of ourselves, about the fear of facing our passions in a society ridden by taboos and double-morals. Eve (Marina Anna Eich), a hotelier`s daughter, and Magdalena (Mira Gittner), a sociologist who works as the dominatrix “Lady Maria” in a S&M studio, meet coincidentally through a motorcycle accident. Fascinated by the bizarre world of Lady Maria, Eve begins to search for her own identity and sexuality and goes on an odyssee through the hidden locations of lust: dominatrix-studio, swinger club, striptease bar – and meets other people torn between their desires as Dominik (Christoph Baumann), who wants to empathize with the suffering of Jesus, and Mike (Michael Burkhardt), who pretends to be her travel guide of desire and falls madly in love with her. A lyrical study of obsessions and loneliness, about secret desires and public moral: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Lady Maria: ”Society likes to have standardized people. They obey more easily. But can emotions be standardized? Who puts forward these norms? Who standardizes us? Who is living our life? Most people just exist, but they are not the living. Live YOUR life.”
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Roland Reber - director`s biography born in 1954 in Ludwigshafen / Rhein, GermanyRoland Reber has worked as a director, actor and writer at theatres around the world (Bochum, Düsseldorf, Essen, Zürich, Kingston/Jamaica, Moscow, New Delhi etc) after finishing his Acting studies in Bochum in the 70s. He has written more than 20 plays and scripts as well as texts and lyrics. 1981 he founded the Theatre Institute and was working with this Institute from 1981-1998 in Hamburg, Hattingen, Lünen and Munich. In 1989 he founded the World Theatre Project (within the framework of the World Decade for Cultural Development of the UN and UNESCO) and worked as a director, writer and head of WTP in India, Moscow, Cairo, Mexico City and in the Caribbean. He has also been a cultural advisor to different countries and institutes and taught Acting and Directing in Moscow and the Caribbean. He received the Cultural Prize of Switzerland (1976) the Caribbean award Season of Excellence (1991 and 1993). For his direction of the feature “das zimmer – The Room” (2001) he was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award 2001 in Hollywood, the President`s Award 2000 in Ajijic/Mexico among others. His films include: Ihr habt meine Seele gebogen wie einen schönen Tänzer (drama, 1979), Manuel (short, 1998) der Fernsehauftritt (short, 1998), der Koffer (short, 1999), Zwang (short, 2000), Sind Mädchen Werwölfe (short, 2002), ), Das Zimmer (psycho-thriller, 2001 - 6 international awards), Pentamagica (comedy, 2003), The Dark Side of our Inner Space (drama, 2003), 24 / 7 The Passion of Life (drama , 2005) Since 2003, he is the official German representative of the Cairo International Filmfestival and the official European representative for the Damascus International Film Festival. He has also served as a jury member as festivals in Alexandria, Cairo IFF for Children and Dhaka / Bangladesh.

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