Fiction

COXLESS PAIR

2008
a film by Jobst Christian Oetzmann
adapted from the Nobel "Zweier Ohne" by Dirk Kurbjuweit

a LICHTBLICK FILM Production
co-produced by Filmpool und WDR
in collaboration with Filmstiftung NRW, DFFF, HessenInvest


distribution: Stardust Filmverleih


35mm / 90 Minuten / Dolby Digital / Farbe

SYNOPSIS
Emotions burn faster and hotter in the teenage years and, for a very small minority, the intensity of passion can turn to acts of destruction, on oneself and others. The violence in COXLESS PAIR is searing and intense for all that, because here, as so often, emotional scars are the deepest.

The film tells the story of the friendship between Johann and Ludwig as they strive for the ultimate “buddy” relationship. Going beyond, well beyond, what would be considered good and healthy, the pair attempt to become the ideal twins, driving their relationship based on their partnership in competitive rowing (coxless pairs) to the ultimate, to perfect harmony in mind, word, thought and deed.
But their symbiotic relationship is thrown out of balance: Ludwig strives to tighten the bonds ever closer, but Johann discovers happiness in the form of love for Ludwig’s sister, Vera. But because Ludwig hates her, the couple keep their relationship secret. But secrets have a way of coming out and Ludwig is wounded to the core. As the finals of the rowing competition draw closer, Ludwig has already set his sights on a greater goal: to preserve their friendship forever, no longer in life but in death.

CAST
Tino Mewes
Jacob Matschenz
Sophie Rogall
Alexandra Schalaudek
Peter Harting
Lena Stolze

TEAM
Written and directed by: Jobst Christian Oetzmann
Producer: Joachim Ortmanns
Co-Producer: Iris Kiefer
Commissioning Editor: WDR – Michael André
Production Manager: Christian Fürst
DoP: Tomas Erhart
Sound by: Sylvain Rémy
Editor: Cosima Schnell
Production Designer: Peter Menne
Costume Designer: Annegret Stößel
Make-up Artist: Friederike Weber, Stephanie Däbritz
Casting by: Maria Schwarz
Music by: Dieter Schleip

CINEMA RELEASE
16. Oktober 2008

FESTIVALS / PRIZES
2009
Göteborg International Film Festival

2008
Freiburg Filmfest
Biberacher Filmfestspiele
Jugendfilmfestival Schlingel Chemnitz
Kinder- und Jugendfilmfest Bielefeld
Jugendfilmfest Oberhausen