a film by Torsten Striegnitz, Simone Dobmeier, Hedwig Schmutte


Germany | 2010 | 52:00 min

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Documentary Docudrama
The death at Wannsee Lake – a spectacular case that has, to date, continued to disturb and fascinate the ensuing ages. The German poet Kleist was found shot – what is that supposed to mean? What exactly happened at Wannsee Lake that afternoon on November 21st, 1811? Who shot Kleist? What is known about the woman that died with him? Could it be that the bullets were meant for her? Or that he shot her? Or she, him? If yes, why? And why were the couple so cheerful and playful mere moments before their death? Kleist’s work is well known, but less well known and even far less understood are the exact circumstances of his death. But perhaps it is exactly there that a new key to understanding his work lies. Why did Kleist have to die?
Cast and Crew
  • Director Torsten Striegnitz, Simone Dobmeier, Hedwig Schmutte
  • Producer Christian Beetz
  • Screenwriter Torsten Striegnitz, Simone Dobmeier, Hedwig Schmutte
  • Director of Photography Axel Schneppat
  • Narrator Nina Hoss
  • 1. Assistant of the director of photography Ralf Hahmann
  • Editor Torsten Striegnitz, Simone Dobmeier, Hedwig Schmutte
  • Sound Design Jürgen Funk
  • Score Andreas Bick, Andreas Koslik
  • Production Design Ingird Jebram
  • Costumes Elke von Sivers
  • Animation Konrad Weise, Daniel Zinna
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Production Company
Gebrüder Beetz Media GmbH
Heinrich Roller Strasse 15, 10405 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 69566910

Phone: +49 40 76973070
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