Fremdkörper

A Film by Christian Werner

Synopsis

FOREIGN BODY

For weeks there has been a foreign kidney inside the body of the fifty-five-year-old carrier WOLFGANG KRUBER. The illegally bought “new life“ begins to totter when a ransom note from his supposed donor calls Wolfgang back to Istanbul – the place which he would have loved to erase from memory. After his arrival in Istanbul he is confronted with the young mother IRINA who claims to be his kidney donor. Shocked and moved by the fact that Irina has seemingly been deprived of her share of 10.000€, Wolfgang is willing to pay the sum. Together they spend a weekend between cash machines, Irina’s basic flat and gloomy bars. They come frighteningly close to each other until it becomes apparent that Irina has more to hide, and Wolfgang’s new world is about to tumble down again.

Director

  • Picture of Christian Werner © Christian Werner

    Christian Werner

    Born in East Germany, Christian worked as AD for commercials in Brazil after his studies in visual communication at the Bauhaus Weimar. Since 2005 he has made several short films, both fiction and documentary. In 2007 he began his studies in film directing at the well-known Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His middle length film „Monika“ was shown at several festivals such as tiff. New Wave, Olhar de Cinema, Cine Jeune and won multiple awards in Germany. He graduated with the feature film „Foreign Body“, which brought him recognition and awards (Grand Prix Sakhalin, Russia, Grand Prix Sichuan, China, audience award at Max Ophuels Festival) at various international Filmfestivals. Besides commissioned work for TV he is currently working on his cinema debut „Rebecca“ (WT).

Awards + Festivals

  • *AUDIENCE AWARD *
    *HONORABLE MENTION*
    37th FILM FESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS-PREIS (Medium-length competition, Germany)January 20, 2015
  • *HONORABLE MENTION*
    44th SEHSÜCHTE – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Germany)April 22, 2015
  • 12th NEIßE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Focus Section, Germany)May 7, 2015
  • *NOMINATION BEST MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM*
    *NOMINATION BEST DIRECTING*
    18th STUDIO HAMBURG NACHWUCHSPREIS (Competition, Germany)June 23, 2015
  • 39th MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (46th STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL, Competition, Canada)September 2, 2015
  • *NOMINATION BEST MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM*
    16th FIRST STEPS AWARD (Competition, Germany)September 14, 2015
  • SPECIAL MENTION
    YDA 2015 - YOUNG DIRECTOR AWARD (Competition, France)October 22, 2015
  • 45th MOLODIST – KYIV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l full-length competition program, Ukraine)October 27, 2015
  • 9th ANNUAL RED ROCKET FILM FESTIVAL & MARKET (Market Screening, USA)November 2, 2015
  • *GRAND PRIZE FOR FICTION*
    13th SICHUAN TV FESTIVAL – INT. GOLD PANDA AWARDS FOR STUDENTS (Competition, China)November 4, 2015
  • *GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FICTION FEATURE*
    9th RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Festival City, Utah, USA)November 11, 2015
  • 12th KINOPROBA – THE INT. FILM SCHOOL FESTIVAL & WORKSHOP (Information Programme, Russia)December 1, 2015
  • *SHORT FILM AWARD*
    21th FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Competition, Germany)December 2, 2015
  • *AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS*
    LEVANTE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)December 28, 2015
  • 8th JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)January 2, 2016
  • 14th DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangladesh)January 14, 2016
  • *FOUNDER’S AWARD WINNER*
    4th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA)February 26, 2016
  • FLIMMERZIMMER #26 (Screening, Berlin, Germany)March 17, 2016
  • 18th INT’L FILM FESTIVAL OF DETECTIVE FILMS DETECTIVEFEST (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)April 20, 2016
  • 5th JULIEN DUBUQUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Iowa, USA)April 21, 2016
  • 9th PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, PA, USA)May 4, 2016
  • 11th MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yacht Club of Monaco Theater, Monaco)May 7, 2016
  • 14th ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL (Section: Feature films in competition, Italy)June 25, 2016
  • *GRAND PRIX*
    6th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL «ON THE EDGE» (Official Selection, Sakhalin Island, Russia)September 9, 2016
  • 24th CAMERIMAGE – INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bydgoszcz, Poland)November 12, 2016
  • 15th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DEBUT FILMS "BEGINNING" (Closing Film, Saint Petersburg, Russia)November 24, 2016

Trailer

Crew

Producer
Sebastian Sawetzki
Associate Producer
Moritz Helmes
Co-Producer
ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Director
Christian Werner
Director of Photography
Eva Katharina Bühler
Screenplay
Sebastian Heeg & Christian Werner
Editor
Robert Stuprich
Sound Design
Oscar Stiebitz
Music
Denise Barth, Marcel Walter

Details

Running Time
64:27
Shooting Format
Arri Alexa
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Dolby 5.1 / stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL, DISTRIBUTION & CO-PRODUCTION

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany

+49 (0) 7141 - 969 103

festivals@filmakademie.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Venice Pictures GmbH
Königsbergerstr. 6
71638 Ludwigsburg

Moritz Helmes (producer)
moritz.helmes@googlemail.com