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Schlaflos (2006)

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After the break-up with his girlfriend Sylvia, Ben meets musician Peter with whom he develops a helpful friendship.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Maximilian Simonischek ...
Ben (as Max Simonischek)
Stefan Murr ...
Peter Engel
Anika Julien ...
Sofia Winter
Jean-Luc Julien ...
Phil Winter
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Nadja
Sandra Jozipovic ...
Sylvia
Birgit Salkin ...
Simone
Christoph Schwarz ...
Musiker #1 - Das 'Handtuch'
Otto Neumaier ...
Musiker #2 - Der 'Herr Kollege'
Wolfgang Görtschacher ...
Iggy
Christian Haslecker ...
Betrunkener
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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 Christian Genzel

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Mit Rauchen anfangen. Weg von hier. Und nie wieder schlafen. (Start smoking. Leave. And never sleep again.)

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Short | Drama

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10 November 2006 (Austria)  »

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Some of the crew members can be seen as extras in the bar sequence: set manager Max Hoch and make-up artist Walli Hochradl are sitting right next to the entrance, lighting technician Karin Ortner plays the first musician's girlfriend, and production designer Boris Kemper can be seen when Ben leaves the bathroom (at the right, the one in the background). See more »

Quotes

Ben: [points to Phil and Sofia's video camera] Why not just make a few photos? Or send a postcard?
Sofia Winter: A videotape's much more personal.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Die Tränen schlafen bald
Music & Lyrics by Christian Tröbinger
Performed by Troebinger
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A fine little piece of film-making
15 December 2006 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

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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