Das Problem des Schnellstfluges

A Film by Philipp Käßbohrer

Synopsis

Inspired by true events which took place in Southern Germany in the winter of 1945, “Das Problem des Schnellstfluges“ (The Problem of the Fastest Flight) tells the story of an engineer’s harebrained scheme to build a manned rocket made of wood. Humorless scientist Erich Bachem meets young pilot Lothar Sieber when he is ordered to fly Bachem’s rocket. Though the two initially regard each other with scorn, a father-son relationship soon emerges. When the Nazis push for a premature test launch, the young pilot loses his life in what proved to be the first manned vertical launch in history. An 80-year-old man, who at age 10 witnessed the events in the village, now attempts to recount the story, assembling the details from his own vague recollections. What emerges is a distorted, almost sentimental telling of a tragic story from an even more tragic time.

Director

  • Picture of Philipp Käßbohrer © Philipp Käßbohrer

    Philipp Käßbohrer

    Philipp Käßbohrer (b. 1983), upon completion of an apprenticeship at Südwestrundfunk in Digital Media Design, studied Media Arts with a focus on Directing at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts Cologne). In 2012 he and Matthias Murmann founded the production company bildundtonfabrik GmbH, which developed and produced the award-winning television shows “Roche & Böhmermann” and “ZDF NEO Magazin”. For their graduation film, “Das Problem des Schnellstfluges” (The Problem of the Fastest Flight), Philipp served as director and Matthias as producer.

Awards + Festivals

  • *NOMINATION FOR BEST SCREENPLAY*
    17th STUDIO HAMBURG NACHWUCHSPREIS (Competition, Germany)June 5, 2014
  • 36th BIBERACHER FILMFESTSPIELE (Competition, Germany)October 31, 2014
  • *DIPLOMA CINEMATOGRAPHY*
    TBILISI INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL “AMIRANI 2015” (Int’l Competition, Georgia)June 2, 2015
  • 5th NIGHT OF THE 10th BIG SUR SHORT FILM SCREENING SERIES (Official Selection, USA)July 6, 2015
  • 3rd ARIANO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)July 30, 2015
  • *BEST DIRECTOR-JURY (Student)*
    4th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)August 2, 2015
  • 20th PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 17, 2015
  • 11th EARLY BIRD STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 4, 2015
  • 21th FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Competition, Germany)December 2, 2015
  • 12th HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL OF BARCELONA / NYC / PARIS (Official Selection, Spain)December 6, 2015
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 21, 2016
  • *BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S AWARD WINNER*
    4th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA) February 26, 2016
  • 18th MEMMINGER KURZFILMNACHT MAUFLIMMERN (Screening, Germany)March 26, 2016
  • 18th INDEPENDENT DAYS INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL (Section: ""Low-Budget-Wettbewerb", Karlsruhe, Germany)March 30, 2016
  • 6th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (CCFF) (Official Selection, USA)April 6, 2016
  • *BEST FILM*
    11th MYRTLE BEACH INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA)April 20, 2016
  • 8th LEIDEN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM EXPERIENCE (Official Selection, Leiden, The Netherlands)April 29, 2016
  • 9th PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, PA, USA)May 4, 2016
  • 11th HOBOKEN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Jersey, USA) June 3, 2016

Crew

Producer
Matthias Murmann
Director
Philipp Käßbohrer
Screenplay
Philipp Käßbohrer
Director of Photography
Jakob Beurle
Editors
Marc Schubert, Philipp Käßbohrer, Matthias Murmann
Sound-Design
Alexander Werth, Andrew Mottl
Music
Konstantin Gropper

Details

Running Time
32
Shooting Format
ARRI ALEXA
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,35
Sound
Dolby 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL, DISTRIBUTION & PRODUCTION

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (HKM)
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
D-50676 Cologne, Germany

www.khm.de

CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY

btf GmbH
bildundtonfabrik
Sahira Vignali
Leyendeckerstrasse 27
50825 Köln

+49 (0) 0221 820087 -10
info@btf.de