In order to deal with the break-up with his girlfriend Sylvia, Ben decides to take drastic measures: He will start smoking. He will sit down in his car and drive aimlessly into the night. And he will never sleep again. During a stopover at a fast food restaurant, however, Ben's plans seem to fail: Peter, a travelling musician, wants to hitchhike to Salzburg to play at an open-mic night in a bar. Peter's openness and his zest for life soon put Ben's denial to a very hard test ... Written by
'Otto Neumaier', who plays the older musician, teaches philosophy at the University of Salzburg. He played the silent part of the lost professor in Genzel's earlier short, 'Mystery Project (2005)'. At that film's premiere, Genzel promised Neumaier that he'd give him another part in his next movie, and joked that he'd have one line: "Good evening, where is the instrument?" A few months later, Genzel began to write the "Schlaflos" screenplay and managed to incorporate the line. See more »
[points to Phil and Sofia's video camera]
Why not just make a few photos? Or send a postcard?
A videotape's much more personal.
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Schlaflos is a real example of excellent low-budget-film-making. Having had the privilege to contribute to this project myself, I have to say, we really got our money's worth out of our work! The very low-key story of a guy (Ben played by Max Simonischek) who tries to get away from his own feelings is properly set in the city of Salzburg in wintertime. But where the weather is cold and icy, the heart becomes warm to the sound of growing friendship. The protagonists meet each other at a fast-food restaurant, but they really get to know each other in a little club, where Bens newfound friend Peter (Stefan Murr) plays his most heartfelt love song for the very first time. Thank you for this piece of film, and thank you for the positive energy and for the hope it brings to the small mishaps in life!
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