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The Invention Of Love

Original Title: Die Erfindung der Liebe

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The Invention of Love is the story of an eccentric ménage-à-trois. Emily and Daniel heroically save the life of a terminally ill millionaire, not realizing that the woman was actually trying to commit suicide. Emily, who is young, ambitious, creative but penniless, comes up with the idea for her boyfriend to seduce the millionaire to get their hands on her inheritance. Unfortunately love cannot be controlled, so when Daniel and the millionaire really do fall in love, Emily loses a lot more than she had bargained for… A bizarre story of love sold.

Technical Information

2013; Germany; Comedy, Romance; 99 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; 5.1 mix; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English


Lola Randl


Lola Randl, Philipp Pfeiffer


Philipp Pfeiffer


Andreas Wodraschke, Sabine Smit


Maciej Sledziecki




Pol Cruchten, Jeanne Geiben


Herbert Schwering, Christine Kiauk


Red Lion Production


Andrea Hanke (WDR), Hubert von Spreti (BR)

Emily Schenk

Maria Kwiatkowsky

Ulf/Daniel Strübel

Bastian Trost

Claudia/Amine von Kirsch

Sunnyi Melles

Heinrich Ludowsky

Samuel Finzi

Hermann von Kirsch

Mario Adorf

Johanna von Kirsch

Irm Hermann

Mr. Roland

Luc Feit


Marie Rosa Tietjen

Producer Norbert

Jürgen Rißmann

Director Ada

Mira Partecke


Sebastian Weber


André Jung


Lola Randl was born in Munich in 1980. She studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and graduated in 2007. Her first feature film “Days In Between” premiered at the Berlinale – Perspektive Deutsches Kino and has been shown at festivals in Sofia, Trieste, Karlovy Vary, Shanghai and Chicago. The award winning director is currently working on a new project.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2012 The Rhino and the Dragonfly

2008 Days In Between


2009 Die Leiden des Herrn Karpf – Der Geburtstag

2007 Morbus Bechterew

2006 Wohlfühlwochenende

2004 Nachmittagsprogramm

2001 Vom Bett aus bedacht

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Received commercial training in advertising and an M.A. in communication studies, economic politics and psychology. 1995-1999 event management and film press. 1997-1999 production assistant for documentaries and feature films. 1999 – 2005 freelance reader for film funding institutions and television stations. 1999-2000 editor at the TV station Kanal 4. Since 2001 development and production at ICON FILM. 2003-2004 tutor for Draft Zero (London) European programme for dramatic script development. 2004-2005 participant of the “International Producing” programme at the International Film School IFS Cologne. Producer and partner at COIN FILM GmbH. Member of the Atéliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE).

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2013 It’s All So Quiet

2012 The Rhino And The Dragonfly

2010 Brownian Movement

2008 Love And Other Crimes

2005 Crash Test Dummies

2005 Lost and Found

Feature Documentary

2007 Lost in Liberia


2008Il Giardino


Studied journalism and received an M.A. in communication studies, politics and education. 1988-1990 director of the Short Film Festival “Filmzwerge Münster”. Author and producer for various film productions. 1993 founded ICON FILM. 1994-97 Managing Director of the Filmwerkstatt Münster. 1998 moved with ICON FILM to Cologne and in 2007 renamed the company COIN FILM GmbH. 1998-2003 lectured at the International Academy for Media Arts in Cologne on “Creative Producing”. Commission member of juries for both the BKM and the FFA. Member of the executive board of the Film and TV Producer’s Association NRW, member of the German Film Academy as well as the European Film Academy and a member of the Atéliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE).

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2013 It’s All So Quiet

2012 The Rhino And The Dragonfly

2008 Love And Other Crimes

2008 Tokyo!

2005 Crash Test Dummies

2002 Do Fish Do It?

Feature Documentary

2013 Where The Cold Wind Blows

2009 Made In Deutschland

Pol Cruchten is a Luxembourg director and producer, who finished his diploma at the École Supérieure d’Études Cinématographiques in Paris in 1987. His first short movie was “Somewhere in Europe” (1989) with Howard Vernon. In 1992 his film “Hochzaitsnuecht” was screened in Cannes in the category Un Certain Regard. As a many-sided talent he did the chronicle “Black Dju” (1996) with Philippe Leotard, Richard Courcet and Cesaria Evora and also followed the call of Hollywood and did the movie “Boys on the Run” (2001) with Ron Perlman (Hellboy). His love for Luxembourg movies made him an active producer of movies like “W” by Luc Feit, “Le Manie-Tout” by Georges Le Piouffle, “Universal Love” by Thomas Woschitz or “Josh” by Govinda Van Maele.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2013 L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton co

2013 Les brigands

2006 Perl oder Pica

2003 Boys on the Run

1997 Black Dju

1992 Hochzaeitsnuecht


TV Series

2011 Weemseesdet



2005 Nuit amère


The Invention of Love is an extraordinary story, both on and off screen. Unprecedented obstacles during production dictated the course of events. Maria Kwiatkowsky, the main actress, died after 23 days of shooting, leaving behind an almost finished film. After the initial shock, director Lola Randl, took up the challenge and re-wrote her script. She created additional characters, filmed new scenes, re-edited and completely re-invented „The Invention of Love“ using existing scenes, combined with her new material. The resulting film is both, tender and unyielding, a film showing the passion, tragedy, failure and success of filmmaking, while staying true to the original plot. – A film that really happened!


COIN FILM (known as ICON FILM until June 2007) has been developing and producing feature films and high-end documentaries for cinema and television since 1993. All of its films are characterized by the filmmaker’s individualist approach and artistic profile. A key aspect is the company’s work with talented young filmmakers. Of the more than 20 films produced to date, many have been international co-productions. COIN FILM producers are Christine Kiauk and Herbert Schwering (board member of the NRW Film and TV Producers Association, Jury member of BKM and FFA). COIN FILM is based in Cologne.