LIFE'S NO PIECE OF CAKE

LIFE'S NO PIECE OF CAKE

Original Title: Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge

Synopsis

The life of the Färber family is completely unhinged after a bizarre accident leading to the mother’s death. While Markus clings onto the past and cannot come to terms with the loss of his wife, his fifteen-year-old daughter Kim runs away to Denmark with Alex, a cool guy who has dropped out of school, and visits the setting of her childhood. Together with his mother Gerlinde and her lively carer Paula, Markus sets off to search for his daughter and so embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Technical Information

2012; Germany; Black comedy, Coming of age; 98 minutes; HDCAM-SR; 1:2.35; 5.1 mix; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English; Dubbed Versions: French

DIRECTOR

André Erkau

WRITER

Gernot Gricksch

D.O.P.

The Chau Ngo

EDITOR

Claudia Wolscht

MUSIC

Steffen Kahles, Christoph Blaser

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Riva Filmproduktion

CO-PRODUCER

Ulf Israel, Helge Sasse

PRODUCER

Michael Eckelt

LINE PRODUCER

Christian Vennefrohne

CO-PRODUCTION

WDR/ARTE, Senator Film

SOUND

Richard Borowski

CREATIVE PRODUCER

Dirk Decker

Markus Färber

Wotan Wilke Möhring

Kim Färber

Helen Woigk

Gerlinde Färber

Christine Schorn

Alex

Frederick Lau

Paula

Rosalie Thomass

Franz

Edin Hasanovic

ANDRÉ ERKAU

André Erkau grew up in Bremen. After he completed his actor’s training, he worked for theatre and TV. In 2001 André Erkau began to study Film direction at the academy of media arts in Cologne. He finished his study 2005 with his diploma-movie 37 ohne Zwiebeln. This short film won more as twenty film awards and was in 2006 one of Germany’s most successful short films. Also his cine film – debut Come in and Burn Out received awards.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2011 Arschkalt

2010 Johnny Kühlkissen

2008 Come in and Burn Out

2008 Selbstgespräche

2006 37 ohne Zwiebeln

2003 Verkauftes Land

 

TV Series

2001 Fabrixx

1993 Nicht von schlechten Eltern

2015

IRISH FILM INSTITUTE – SPRING/SUMMER SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

Feb 24 – May 12

2014

IRISH FILM INST. SCHOOL PROGRAM

Nov 01 – Mar 31

COMEDY CLUJ INTL. FILM FESTIVAL ROMANIA

Oct 10 – 19

NAPOLI FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 27 – Oct 07 (in competition)

FESTROIA

Jun 06 – 15

AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Mar 26 – Apr 11

2013

EU FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE IN CHINA

Dec 01 – Feb 28

AUGENBLICK FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Nov 12 – 29

LUBUSKIE LATO FILMOWE

Jun 30 – Jul 07

INT. FILMFESTSPIELE CANNES

May 15 – 26

 

GERMAN FILM PRIZE

Best Supporting Actress

Apr 26

BERLINALE – INT. FILMFESTSPIELE

Feb 07 – 17

2012

INT. FILMFEST BRAUNSCHWEIG

Nov 06 – 11

BIBERACHER FILMFESTSPIELE

Oct 31 – Nov 04

NORDISCHE FILMTAGE LÜBECK

Oct 31 – Nov 04

FILMFEST HAMBURG

Sep 27 – Oct 06

REYKJAVIK INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 27 – Oct 07

ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 20 – 30 (in competition)

TV Spielfilm

Movie of the year in Germany.

2013-04-10

tvspielfilm.de

Programmkino

Humorous and touching.

2013-04-17

Matthias Greuling

Stern

Heart-rending and well-acted.

2013-04-14

stern.de

Gala

Bittersweet, as life itself.

2013-04-13

gala.de

WOTAN WILKE MÖHRING

He grew up in Herne. The former electrician worked as club owner, doorman and model and studied Communication at the Berlin University of Arts. He lived in New York for two years and joined did some acting workshops in Cologne and Los Angeles. Wotan Wilke Möhring had his first screen appearance in the TV-movie “Die Bubi-Scholz-Story” in 1998.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2011 Black Brown White

2011 Männerherzen… und die ganz große Lieb

2009 Männerherzen

2009 Soul Kitchen

2009 Pandorum

2008 Valkyrie

2001 The Experiment

 

TV Series

2000 Auf eigene Gefahr