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Winter Sleepers (1997) More at IMDbPro »Winterschläfer (original title)

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Release Date:
30 October 1997 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Ein Liebesthriller. See more »
Plot:
Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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I have seen only a few German films and I have liked every single one See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Ulrich Matthes ... Rene
Marie-Lou Sellem ... Laura

Heino Ferch ... Marco

Floriane Daniel ... Rebecca
Josef Bierbichler ... Theo
Agathe Taffertshofer ... Theos Frau Edith
Sophia Dirscherl ... Theos Tochter Marita (as Sofia Dirscherl)
Simon Donatz ... Theos Sohn Peter
Laura Tonke ... Nina
Werner Schnitzer ... Chefarzt
Sebastian Schipper ... Otto
Robert Meyer ... Keibl
Harry Täschner ... Kuhn
Walter Anichhofer ... Souffleur
Martin Leutgeb ... Polizist
Melanie Palmberger ... Ninas Freundin
Michaela Prahauser ... Ninas Freundin
Peter Arp ... Mann am Unfallort
Caroline Richards ... Barkeeperin
Swantje Matthaei ... Alexa
Noushin Diehl ... Das Baby
Anne-Françoise Pyszora ... Kitsch-Erzählerin
Saskia Vester ... Schwester Anna
René Schönenberger ... Gerd (as Rene Schoenenberger)

Directed by
Tom Tykwer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anne-Françoise Pyszora  novel "Expense of Spirit"
Anne-Françoise Pyszora  screenplay
Tom Tykwer 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Maria Köpf .... executive producer
Niko von Glasow .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Reinhold Heil 
Johnny Klimek 
Tom Tykwer 
 
Cinematography by
Frank Griebe 
 
Film Editing by
Katja Dringenberg 
 
Casting by
An Dorthe Braker 
 
Production Design by
Alexander Manasse 
 
Art Direction by
Uli Hanisch 
 
Costume Design by
Aphrodite Kondos 
 
Production Management
Milanka Comfort .... production manager
Torsten Künstler .... set production manager
Ralph Strachwitz .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
François Doge .... second unit director
Sebastian Fahr-Brix .... assistant director (as Sebastian Fahr)
 
Art Department
Gregor Hees .... painter
Andrea Kessler .... on-set propmaster
Petra Klimek .... property master
John Rawsthorn .... painter
 
Sound Department
Günther Friedhoff .... sound technician
Dirk Jacob .... sound editor
Matthias Lempert .... sound
Arno Wilms .... sound
Antje Zynga .... sound editor
Gunther Kortwich .... sound equipment provider (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Nastuh Abootalebi .... digital artist
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects production manager
George Maihöfer .... digital artist
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Riccardo Brunner .... steadicam operator
Bernd Spauke .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena Wegner .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Antje Zynga .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stefan Broedner .... music consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Winterschläfer" - Germany (original title)
"Wintersleepers" - Europe (English title)
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Runtime:
122 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Marco is falling, the parachute on his back is clearly visible.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
For Strings and PercussionSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
I have seen only a few German films and I have liked every single one, 2 December 2001
Author: evangeline from chi-town

Naturally, everybody saw "Run Lola Run" and liked it, just as I did.

And movieplexes, eager to cash in, probably scrambled for other T.Tykwer films, which is how and way the Century Landmark Theatre in Chicago was quick to put on "Winter Sleepers"

And it only lasted 2 weeks.

Which makes me very lucky to have seen it! It was a momentous surprise- just as much "Run Lola..." was dynamic and restless, this was dreamy and magical...

Scene after scene of quiet country life- often of desperation and lost chances and graet sorrow- and often wildly sexy. I usually take love scenes in movies as a simple plot device and hardly they are more than transparent tricks to keep one's attention on ( besides wall to wall soundtrack and car chases). Having said that, I have to admit that I hardly get so wound up after a movie love scene, as I did in this one, but here they were so intense and unforgettable ..

I also loved the fact that the film did not have a major plot line, following the standard Aristotellian curve- it just was and it ended without major fireworks, because this is how life is- it happens, it flows, it is felt, it is sometimes understood, it runs forward or slowly passes by, but it is almost never simplified to a beginning and a middle and an end. Very few films ever grasp this concept or very few filmmakers can relate it, but that is why film is such an elusive art.

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