THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR

THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR

Original Title: Unter Nachbarn

Synopsis

Starting a new life as a journalist in a city far from home, David appreciates to be warmly welcomed by the neighbor living next door, Robert, a man who proves to be pleasant, yet quite intrusive. The relationship between the two neighbors takes an irreversible turn the night David accidentally kills a young woman. Robert, willing to protect his new friend, pushes him to leave the body and helps hiding the evidence. Nothing shall take away his precious neighbor from him. Not the feeling of guilt. Not the police. And certainly not a woman.

Technical Information

2011; Germany; Thriller, Psycho; 96 minutes; HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; 5.1 mix; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR

Stephan Rick

WRITER

Stephan Rick, Silja Clemens

D.O.P.

Felix Cramer

EDITOR

Florian Drechsler

MUSIC

Stefan Schulzki

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Kurhaus Production

PRODUCER

Christoph Holthof, Daniel Reich

PRODUCTION MANAGER:

Lucas Meyer-Hentschel

David Ahrens

Maxim Mehmet

Vanessa Rafael

Petra Schmidt-Schaller

Robert Graetz

Charly Huebner

Commissioner Wagne

Helmut Ruehl

Hannes Fieser

Rainer Sellien

Head of Department

Peter Kaghanovitch

Commissioner

Anuschka Herbst

Gerd

Wolfgang Packhaeuser

STEPHAN RICK

Stephan Rick, born in 1974, works as an independent director in Berlin. After finishing school he studied at Ruhr University Bochum and then at the Film Academy in Baden-Wuerttemberg where he directed a number of prize-winning short films. His Diploma film RICHTUNG LEBEN (Towards Life) was awarded the Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis (Prize for Up-and-Coming Talent) and was also successful at many international film festivals such as Krakau, New Dehli, Poitiers etc. The new series which he developed ALLEIN GEGEN DIE ZEIT (Alone Against Time) was, among other awards, nominated for the Banff World TV Award.

Selective Filmography

TV Series

2012 Die Pfefferkörner

2010 Allein gegen die Zeit

2009 Ki.Ka-Krimi.de

2013

FANTASPOA

May 04 – 20

2012

FANCINE FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 22 – 29 (in competition)

RAZOR REEL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 25 – Nov 03

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 27 – Oct 04

FESTROIA

Sep 21 – 30

ZABAIKALSKY INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 07 – 11

KINO! 2012 NEW CINEMA FROM GERMANY

Apr 25 – 30

AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Apr 18 – May 06

2011

FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

Nov 30 – Dec 04

FILMZ – FESTIVAL OF GERMAN CINEMA

Nov 23 – 27

FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA ALLEMAND

Nov 23 – 29

KINOFEST LÜNEN

Nov 10 – 13

BIBERACHER FESTSPIELE

Nov 02 – 06

HOF INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 25 – 30

MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

Aug 18 – 28

SHANGHAI INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 11 – 19

Claude Rieffel

The director demonstrates a manic and pleasing attention to details and knows how to create an atmosphere of perfect anxiety. (…) The success of the film is based primarily on the interpretation of Charly Hübner in the role of the too attentive neighbour. His imposing stature and his voice too readily posed let the audience guess that a dangerous psychopath is hiding behind the seemingly good man, but his disarming children face collecting child soldiers guarantees him a capital of sympathy which makes it all more disturbing.

Avoir Alire

Kino Zeit

At the beginning an everyday setting is overbearing, but with time the internal tension takes over on screen and leaves no choice to the protagonists but fatal violence. Towards the end the story is full of false tracks and spectacular turns, which denote a standard of a movie better than a TV-crime thriller. There is more to Roberts character than only the psychopath next door. He seems more like a lonely weirdo, who is to clingy. Certainly Charly Hübners interpretation of Roberts character is not one of a psychopath, but a lonely guy who is supposed to deal better with disappointments in real life.

Peter Gutting

Christian Buß

Director Rick is smart enough to pay attention to the difficult emotional setting. The dialogues are short, the homo erotic undertones subtly, the actors act withdrawn.

Der Spiegel

stern.de

Dramatic, dark and thrilling.

stern.de

Kino.de

This is great acting. However, the plot offers lots of surprising twists! – kino.de

Kino.de

Badisches Tagblatt

Debut with Hitchcock feeling!

Irene Schräder