Deadly Rendezvous

2002
German celebrity reporter Mike Hansen is fed up with secretly taking pictures from VIPs on Mallorca. He believes he is about to uncover the men behind a sex trade.

EROTIC TALES - porn.com

2002
Veteran film director Matty Bonkers (Bob Rafelson), a Hollywood legend, arrives in Berlin for an honorary retrospective tribute. While introducing his film MOCKERY, he receives a phone call from his producer lying in intensive care at a hospital. Blau (Trevor Griffiths) needs a favor for old times' sake. Could Matty finish a porn movie before his legs get broken by Tokyo Tony?Matty reluctantly agrees. On the set he meets movie star and ex-cello-player Inga (Fabienne Babe) - and the experience is bizarre spirited uplifting a comédie humaine. The sequel to Rafelson's Wet, a classic in the Erotic Tales series, PORN.com features Bob in his first major acting role.

In the Cave of the Lioness

2002
Rosemarie Fendel, Jennifer Nitsch, Helmut Zierl, Florian Fitz in “In the Cave of the Lioness”: a story of mothers, daughters and secret love

Joy of her life

2002
Maria Bergmann owns a flower shop in a first-class Berlin hotel. Her son Niklas, her pride and joy, is about to take his final exams in his studies as a concert pianist.

Laughing Is Good for You - Comedy for UNICEF IV

2002
On 30th November 2002,  in the fourth episode of “Laughing is Good for You - Comedy for UNICEF” presenter Dirk Bach, along with stars of the German comedy scenes such as Ingo Appelt, Maren Kroyman, Rüdiger Hoffmann, Anke Engelke, Ingolf

Love Is the Best Medicine

2002
Sandra Speichert, Dominic Raacke and Charles Brauer in “Love is the Best Medicine”: love in Sicilian and a faked death

Mother Gets Going

2002
Eva Maria Split is pleased when her husband Herbert retires. But she is less taken with his idea that they should set off on a long journey in the new mobile home. Eva Maria hates camping holidays.

Murder on board

2002
The inconspicuous Burkharda Meier dreams of becoming a famous singer. So she answers an ad seeking a singer-soloist on a luxury liner. At the casting, however, Burkharda flunks the test in grand style.

Nightmare Flood - Who Pays?

2002
Part of an Arte theme evening entitled What we want to know: Natural catastrophes - who pays?

One Lover too much is still not enough

2002
Anna Schröder was once a celebrated ice princess. But a fall that left her badly injured put an end to her career. Her marriage with the dull-witted attorney Reiner doesn’t make her happy.

Out of sheer love for you

2002
Fashion consultant Juliane is a successful business lady. Together with her boyfriend René she owns an exclusive salon, which he uses as a gallery to exhibit paintings.

Paule and Julia

2002
Paule (15) lives an exciting life around Friedrichstraße and Alexanderplatz in Berlin, where, together with his Bosnian friend Arnel, he steals from department stores and robs people on the street.

Planned Children an Other Coincidences

2002
Hildegard Reimund has three grown-up daughters and would like nothing more than some grandchildren to make the house feel alive once again.

Pommery and Turkey Breast

2002
At first it was just a passing fancy, but then Luise Fischbach gets serious.

Redlight - The Hour Of The Hunter

2002
Tom Rehberg is acting as a special agent in Berlin’s redlight district.

Seeking a man for my wife

2002
Christoph is a faithful family father and a very charming married man. Nevertheless, this incorrigible perfectionist has a way of getting on his wife’s nerves. Even worse, he’s an incurable hypochondriac.

The Chancellor Makers

2002
“Victories have a huge number of fathers and mothers. Defeats only ever have one.” (Gerhard Schröder)

The Chocolate Queen

2002
When his wife dies of cancer, the only thing that still matters to advertising photographer Michael Bender is his nine-year-old daughter Sammy.

The Secret Inquisition

2002
In January 1998, the Vatican opened the secret archives of the Inquisition for the first time - but only for a few privileged researchers.

Trade Office for Household

2002
Bernd Lackner, a very busy architect, spends less and less time at home. He considers himself a great organizer, not realizing that he would be in a fix without his wife Katrin and his assistant Sonja.

A Heroe's Death

2001
A documentary about the biggest tunnel-escape in the history of the Berlin wall, the soldier Egon Schultz, and a Cold War lie.

Alzheimer

2001
A documentary about "Alzheimer" by Claudia Bissinger and Michael Jürgs

Beate Uhse - A Portrait of German Moral

2001
Her company is older than the German Republic – she herself is better known than the German Chancellor: 98 per cent of the population knows Beate Uhse. Her name stands for a legend of German moral history and is a synonym for sexual freedom.

Complete Woman Needs Half-Time- Man

2001
Anna can safely say there is only one man in her life: her seven-year-old son Tobi.

Heart or Cash

2001
So many men in the world and it has to be him! Adele Weiß is horrified when she learns that her daughter Linda is planning to get married to Dieter Morus, of all people.

In Search of an Impotant Man

2001
Gaby Hauptmann’s bestseller has been adapted to the movie screen.

Just Say Yes!

2001
The Tyrolean radio station Radio Kaisertal has a regular feature: Dream Couple of the Week. This involves the presenter turning up unexpectedly at a couple’s front door, and on this occasion he catches Hans and Vera.

Laughing is Good for You - Comedy for UNICEF III

2001
Dirk Bach presents a wonderful combination of the best that the German comedy scene has to offer (Anke Engelke, Mirco Nontschew, Helge Schneider, Rüdiger Hofmann, Karl Dall, Jörg Knör, Hans-Hermann Thielke, Bodo Bach, Alf Poier and many others),

Love in the Ascendant

2001
Professor Robert von Reichenbach (Peter Sattmann) is an astronomer and the director of the Berlin Observatory.

Nancy and Frank

2001
NANCY AND FRANK is an international production for cinema release, this is the New York love story from which arises a bitterly fought conflict...

The Admirer

2001
Leona, lector in a publishing house, has just called her husband Wolfgang on her mobile to announce happily that she has found their dream house, when a young woman falls onto the pavement in front of her and dies in her arms.

The House of the Sisters

2001
The adaptation of the novel by Charlotte Link tells the sinister involvement of a German couple with the fate of their English holiday cottage owners.

The Publisher

2001
THE PUBLISHER is a telefeature biography of a German titan who builds a media empire of European format out of nothing.

The Romantic Novelist

2001
A HEART IN FLAMES is the first TV movies in a new series called STAR SIGNS produced by ZIEGLER FILM GmbH & Co. KG for ARD/DEGETO. The TV movies are romantic or sophisticated comedies, inspired by the different star signs. Winfried Noe, the famous astrologist works as a consultant on the entire collection.

Two Sides of Love

2001
Carola Martin (Thekla Carola Wied) has enjoyed a trouble-free marriage for the last 25 years with Dieter (Miguel Herz-Kestranek), the owner of a profitable furniture company; they have a daughter, Simone (Valerie Koch), and Carola has a successful

Vestpocket Venus

2001
Sophie Dukakis has a very particular passion in life: books!

A depraved couple

2000
BRIGITTE MIRA and HARALD JUHNKE are the „depraved couple“ in a romantic comedy by WOLF GREMM starring GÜNTER PFITZMANN, JULIA BIEDERMANN, HELEN VITA, EVELYN KÜNNECKE, KONSTANTIN WECKER and HELMUT BERGER. As guests: AXEL SCHULZ CHRISTINE NEUBAUER. Käthe (Brigitte Mira) has been a widow for ten years now. Helplessly she has to watch how Stefan (Helmut Berger) not only cheats on her beloved granddaughter Christine (Julia Biedermann), but also has turned her good old café into a dubious nightclub. Her only comfort in this situation are her conversations with her dead husband Hubert (Harald Juhnke). Every day she confides her thoughts and sorrows to his photography and still he is even closer to her heart than her best friends Arabella (Helen Vita) and Brigitte (Evelyn Künnecke). One day a miracle happens: destiny gives a second chance to Käthe and Hubert. Hubert returns from the hereafter to stand by Käthe and to save Christine out of the clutches of unfaithful Stefan. But only Käthe can see her Hubert, and so people think that she is more and more talking to herself. The couple thinks about getting Stefan out of the way. Hubert has been an inspector, and now they need all his cleverness to cook up a perfect plan. They want Wilhelm (Günter Pfitzmann) to help them. Wilhelm is a retired policeman who used to be Hubert´s subordinate. He was head over heels for Käthe and still adores her – and Hubert´s jealousy arouses again. Another part of their plan is Frank Morawek (Konstantin Wecker), a former Foreign Legionnaire who now runs the nightclub without scruple. He has his eye on Christine and Käthe wants to distract him from her, because he isn´t exactly her idea of a good catch for her granddaughter. But just as Käthe and Hubert want to make their diabolic plan come true, everything goes another way. Because just like in the good old days of their marriage the couple starts to quarrel like cats and dogs. So they almost forget their plan – when suddenly there is a dead body in the bathtub... The film is based on the novel „After a depraved life“ by Andreas Arnold.

Angela

2000

Forever Young - Brigitte Mira

2000
FOREVER YOUNG is homage to the Grande Dame of German stage and cinema – the wonderful Brigitte Mira. To honor this unique and beloved artist on her 90th birthday, a gala with many famous guests was held at the Berliner Wintergarten  Varieté.

Kimono

2000
Background Gilles Jacob takes justified pride in the Cannes mandate to discover talent and to promote the careers of proven auteur filmmakers. Tops on his list is Denmark’s Lars von Trier, whose Dancer in the Dark was awarded the Golden Palm last May. Another was the late Krzysztof Kieslowski of Poland, a welcomed guest at Cannes for over a decade. Not to mention those heralded pacesetters among the American Independents: Jim Jarmusch … the Coen Brothers … Hal Hartley. Hal Hartley was a natural to approach for a personal, signatured Erotic Tale. A true “independent” filmmaker, he is credited (sometimes under pseudonyms) as writer, director, producer, composer, editor, occasional actor, and you-name-it in the making of his films from conception to release. Moreover, as he once confessed, he liked what he saw in the first ET series - films by directors from different lands and cultures and traditions free to explore dreams and fantasies and libidos to say something vital and virile and vivacious about the human experience. So when Ziegler-Film approached him to join the series, the director of Simple Men (Cannes, 1992), Amateur (1994), Flirt (1995), and Henry Fool (Cannes 1998) responded with a script for an Erotic Tale that blurs the borders of genres and toys with the imagination. Indeed, Kimono stands alone among all the Erotic Tales as a cross-cultural viewing experience. On the surface are narrative ploys reminiscent of the French Avant-Garde and image fraction advanced by New American Cinema. Below the surface are references to the Japanese ghost story, to Freudian metaphors, to dream interpretations. The icing on the cake is a string of poetic Haikus. In short, Kimono has something for every cineaste - as invitations to prestige festivals in Venice, Toronto and Rotterdam amply confirm. Synopsis A hot summer day on a country road. A young woman in her bridal dress gets kicked out of a car. Lost and frustrated, she wanders off across a sea of grass into a dark wood – and discovers an abandoned house. Tired and worn out, she lies down on a bed. When she is awakened from her nap by a clap of thunder, she sees a cup of steaming hot tea and a package on the floor. She opens it – and finds a kimono. The bride knows she no longer is alone ... but should she put on the kimono?

Love, Death and Many Calories

2000
On November 30 2002,  in the fourth episode of “Laughter is Good for You - Comedy for UNICEF” presenter Dirk Bach, along with stars of the German comedy scenes such as Ingo Appelt, Maren Kroyman, Rüdiger Hoffmann, Anke Engelke, Ingolf

Men Are Dispensable

2000
After the death of her mother the divorced dance therapist Marlene Hagedorn moves into her mother’s empty semi-detached house together with her three daughters Nadja, Miriam and Cilli.

Mutiny of the Heiresses

2000
Retired building contractor Arno Adelmann is approaching his 77th birthday. The gnarled, grumpy old eccentric is a great deal more warm-hearted, amusing and quick-witted than might be apparent at first.

On the Way in the USA - Roots and Music

2000
Who hasn’t dreamed of driving along endless inter-state highways, floating above New York in a helicopter or crossing Grand Canyon in a boat?

On Top Down Under

2000
Background Only one of the first twelve Erotic Tales was made without a word of dialogue: Jos Stelling’s The Waiting Room. In contrast to three in the second dozen: Stelling’s The Gas Station, Hal Hartley’s Kimono, and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s On Top Down Under. Fridriksson’s Erotic Tale is all the more singular because it’s set on different continents - indeed, on opposite corners of the world - yet linked by real time and parallel occurrences that almost impinge on each other. Thus, words would only disturb. Quite simply, the story has to be told by challenging the viewer to accept the logic of coincidence and suspending for a moment the natural laws of the universe. This is not the first time the Icelandic writer-director-producer has imbued his theme with the spiritual, the metaphysical, the clairvoyant, the mystical. In Children of Nature (1991), nominated for both an Oscar and a Felix, two senior citizens escape from an Old Peoples Home to set off on a journey to commune with the natural forces of nature. In Cold Fever (1994) a Japanese businessman travels through an Icelandic winter landscape to perform a symbolic burial ritual for his parents. And in Angels of the Universe (1999) a young schizophrenic is committed to an asylum, where hearing voices and mental telepathy are the rule rather than the exception. “On Top” is, of course, Iceland - in contrast to “Down Under” Australia. As the evening shadows fall over an isolated lighthouse, a young girl recalls the joys of a past summer with her lover at a geyser. As the day wears on in the blazing desert, the young man of her dreams transports blocks of ice to a lonely shack out in the bush. Somehow, their fates are shared - much as in the last sonnet penned by the young John Keats. Synopsis ON TOP - Iceland, a lighthouse, a cold winter evening. Her thoughts drift back to that summer ... to bathing in the hot springs ... to when they first met ... and embraced. DOWN UNDER - Australia, the desert, a blistering heat wave. His pickup stops at an icehouse ... he lays the blocks neatly on the buckboard ... and drives off haunted by a aching memory. Without dialogue or comment, save for verses from a sonnet by John Keats, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson links the thoughts, the emotions, the sensual longing of young lovers at opposite ends of the world. A tone poem, a collage of sight and sound.

Powers

2000
Background New Czech Cinema is flourishing. Following the Velvet Revolution of late 1989 in Prague - the equivalent of the Fall of the Wall in Berlin - a group of talented young filmmakers spurred a Czech film revival that has yet to peak. By general consensus, the films that confirm the diversity of this Czech New Wave are Jan Sverak's Kolya (1997 Oscar winner), Petr Zelenka's Buttoners (1999 Rotterdam Tiger Award), Sasha Gedeon's Return of the Idiot (1999 Venice entry), and Jan Hrebejk’s Cozy Dens (1999 box office hit). Generally speaking, these directors are successful because their films deal thematically with problems facing the younger generation or with past events placed in proper historical perspective. The index of national recognition and commercial success is the “Golden Kingfisher,” awarded each April at the Pilsen festival. Petr Zelenka, a graduate of the scriptwriting department at the Prague Film School (FAMU), won it in 1997 for Mnaga - Happy End and in 1998 for Buttoners - in both instances it was Zelenka’s flair as a sharp, witty, sophisticated writer-director that won him accolades of praise. Mnaga - Happy End amuses by catching the uninformed audience unawares: is this an authentic fiction documentary about a popular rock band with a new sound, or has everything been faked with a run of subtly improvised interviews? Likewise, Buttoners blends the absurd with the tragic in a set of six intertwined short stories locked in a time warp. When approached to direct an Erotic Tale, Petr’s response was typical Zelenka: “Okay with me - but since you’ve got enough erotic ones, let’s do something philosophic erotic …” The result was Powers - a neatly constructed, highly polished Erotic Tale about a magician at a nightclub who is suddenly endowed with “powers” he can’t control at the dawn of the new millennium. Synopsis Peter has a dream job. He’s a popular magician in a posh Prague nightclub, whose act draws more applause than the strippers. He’s got an eye-catching assistant who is ready and willing to cuddle his frayed nerves whenever necessary. But he’s also got Sylvia on his neck: a pert, scatterbrained sister who forgets that a toss in the hay may just be worth a wedding ring. Things take a turn for the better – or worse? – when he discovers he possesses extra - let’s say, supernatural – powers that enable him to see into the future, hear music by rubbing his finger over a CD, and God knows what. The problem? Peter can’t control anything any more like he used to – neither his magic act, nor his love life, nor his sister’s latest erotic fantasy.

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