Fiction

CATTOLICA

2004
a film by Rudolph Jula

a co-production of LICHTBLICK FILM and Fama-Film
co-produced by ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, SFDRS
in collaboration with the Filmstiftung NRW, BAK, FFA, Media Programme (EU)

distribution: Ventura Film

35mm / 86 minutes / Dolby SR / color

SYNOPSIS
After the death of his mother, Martin (Merab Ninidze) comes into possession of a holiday photo album and two carefully preserved letters. A family secret is revealed: a love affair between his mother and an Italian migrant worker and a child Martin’s mother never told him about. Stefan (Lucas Gregorowicz) is young, hedonistic and has a job in a trendy bar. Overnight his life is changed when Martin, whom he had taken for a potential lover, reveals that they are brothers. Stefan makes a spontaneous decision: he gets into Martin’s car and a road trip to Italy in search of his father begins. It is a journey destined to transform two strangers into brothers.

CAST
Merab Ninidze
Lucas Gregorowicz
Giacinto Ferro
Vanessa Compagnucci

TEAM
written/directed by: Rudolph Jula
producer: Joachim Ortmanns, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
co-producer: Rolf Schmid
commissioning editors: ZDF – Christian Cloos, SFDRS – Stefan Hoffmann
sound: Luc Yersin
edited by: Gergana Voigt
DoP: Axel Hentschel
set designer: Christiane Krumwiede
costume designer: Hania Awaragi
make-up artist: Miria Germano
casting by: Ingeborg Molitoris, Shaila Rubin
music by: Armin Pommeranz
music played by: Filmorchester Babelsberg

WORLD PREMIERE
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2004

FESTIVALS / AWARDS
Locarno
Tiflis
Cairo IFF
EBU award for best realization of a screenplay.