RAMMBOCK

RAMMBOCK

Synopsis

Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much to Michael’s concern, Gabi’s not home; instead, he meets Harper, a teenage plumber’s apprentice at work in her apartment block. Together, they manage to barricade themselves when raging hordes of infected people swarm the building. Surrounded by these thirsty zombies, Michael and Harper have their hands full to survive – and it will take all of their ingenuity to make their way out to try and find Gabi.

Technical Information

2010; Germany; Horror, Zombie; 64 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR

Marvin Kren

WRITER

Benjamin Hessler

D.O.P.

Moritz Schultheiß

EDITOR

Solke Olthoff

MUSIC

Stefan Will, Marco Dreckkötter

PRODUCTION COMPANY

moneypenny filmproduktion

PRODUCER

Sigrid Hoerner

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Ulrich Frommhold

LINE PRODUCER

Melanie Berke

Michael

Michael Fuith

Harper

Theo Trebs

Gabi

Anka Graczyk

Frau Bramkamp

Brigitte Kren

Young Girl

Emily Cox

MARVIN KREN

Born 1980 in Vienna, Austria. Has worked as assistant director, cinematographer and producer since 2000. Studied European Economy and Business Management at the UAS Vienna until 2005, Diploma thesis about „Financing and Marketing of Austrian Motion Pictures.” Attended postgraduate studies in Directing at the Hamburg Media School from 06 to 08. His graduate thesis film “Schautag” was written by Benjamin Hessler. The ZDF/moneypenny – production „Rammbock“ is Kren’s debut feature film. Marvin Kren is represented by Players (www.players.de).

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2013 Blutgletscher

2007 Molly & Mops

2005 Spiele Leben

 

TV Series

2003 Julia – Eine ungewöhnliche Frau

 

Short

2009 Schautag

2008 Trio

2007 Love is hard as walls

2005 Zum Beispiel Praterstern

FULL MOON HORROR & FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL

Aug 16 – 19

LES ETRANGES NUITS DU CINEMA

Apr 02 – 08

2011

FANCINE

Nov 24 – Dec 01

DEUTSCHE FILMTAGE BUKAREST

Nov 04 – 10

LA CABINA – INT. MEDIUM LENGTH FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 04 – 13 (in competition)

FILM FORUM ZADAR FESTIVAL

Aug 23 – 29

INSKO FILM SUMMER FESTIVAL

Jul 29 – Aug 07 (in competition)

FESTIVAL DES BERLINER FILMS

May 24 – 28

 

BRIVES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

European Competition

Apr 11

BRUSSELS INT. FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 07 – 19 (in competition)

2010

INDONESIA INT. FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 16 – 21 (in competition)

SCIENCE PLUS FICTION

Nov 11 – 14 (in competition)

FESTIVAL DE CINE DE TERROR DE MOLINS DE REI

Nov 06 – 07

MILE HIGH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 22 – 23 (in competition)

HORRORTHON FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 21 – 25

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA

Oct 13 – 24 (in competition)

FANTASTIC FEST

Sep 23 – 30 (in competition)

LUND INT. FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 23 – Oct 02 (in competition)

 

STRASBOURG EUROPEAN FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Best European Fantastic Feature Film

Sep 19

ETRANGE FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 03 – 12 (in competition)

 

LOCARNO IFF 2010

Piazza Grande Official selection

Aug 14

FESTIVAL DEL FILM LOCARNO

Aug 04 – 14 (in competition)

 

NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD 2010

Best Feature Film

Apr 21

 

DIAGONALE 2010

Audience Award

Mar 27

 

MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2010

Best Middle-Length Film

Jan 24

Variety

An effective slice of genre moviemaking on a budget. Frosh helmer Marvin Kren and scribe Benjamin Hessler have clearly absorbed the conventions of the genre, from George Romero to “28 Weeks Later,” but this compact Teuton take on two innocent strangers facing an undead apocalypse is singular enough to please more than just die-hard zombie fans (…)The influence of Romero’s 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead” and countless others can be felt, though rather than simply aping rote genre conventions, the filmmakers have enough flair and talent to keep things fresh, even without much subtext. (…) As in “Rear Window,” the setting here is used to generate a sort of paranoid unease and creepy menace that quickly seeps into the pauses between the violent zombie attacks. (…) Kren is a precise director of action and actors, and Hessler not only has a strong ear for dialogue but also likes to toy with viewers’ expectations. Pic inventively moves the characters from one apartment to the other as the protags attempt to stay one step ahead of the monsters

Boyd Van Hoeij

FilmSprung

Marvin Kren and Benjamin Heussler succeed to create a most impressive claustrophobic effect.

Thomas Hunzike

Variety

Will please more than just die-hard zombie fans

variety.com

eatmybrains

Romero would be proud!

eatmybrains.com

Devildread

One of the great qualities of the film remains the true commitment to the characters. From the rejected lover trying to reconnect with his beautiful sidekick to all the inhabitants of the building … no fashion plates, no stereotype staggering. Sensations close to reality, real concerns without yielding to portraits smooth and expected. The movie even pays a surprising visit in the drama genre (the suicide of a survivor who has lost his half). The director has enough tact to avoid the easy pathos: his staging, always simple, speaks only through the image and avoids unnecessary dialogue. A true perspective as a filmmaker. Beautiful. (…) A beautiful humbling film in a genre arch-visited. Marvin Kren has made a film that also has not forgotten to be fun, gory and intelligent. Encore!

Francis Barbier

À voir à lire

One of the great zombie movies of 2010 is German!

Frédéric Mignard

28 Days Later Analysis

One of the five best horror films of 2010

Michael Allen

Profil

The young director has adapted the George A. Romero 1968 established genre, obviously studied very closely, to the realistic ambience of a residential complex in Berlin’s to give his own version of “Night of the Living Dead on stage.” With a small budget, stoic drama and astonishing precision he provides both the funniest and smartest film of this year.

Stefan Grissermann

FilmSprung

By focusing on two main figures in an apartment building Marvin Kren and Benjamin Heussler succeed to create a most impressive claustrophobic effect. (…) In addition to directing and screenplay, the equipment and the performance of the makeup department are outstanding. (…) The film also has extensive laughter.

Thomas Hunzike

Sci-Fi-Universe

Very well designed and interpreted, RAMMBOCK surprises by its humanity and its way of using just a building and its courtyard as a place of action. Not without humor, the film is nevertheless a real human tragedy in which we find love, betrayal and sacrifice. The film brings an emotion that was lacking in many recent zombie movies

scifi-universe.com