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Jan Berger (screenplay)
Akif Pirinçci (novel)
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Release Date:
26 November 2009 (Germany) See more »
A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A gripping and philosophical drama with a multitude of influences See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mads Mikkelsen ... David Andernach

Jessica Schwarz ... Maja Andernach
Valeria Eisenbart ... Leonie Andernach
Thomas Thieme ... Siggi Butschma

Tim Seyfi ... Max Oelze
Stefan Gebelhoff ... Paul Wiegand

Suzan Anbeh ... Susanne Wiegand

Heike Makatsch ... Gia
Nele Trebs ... Nele Wiegand
Thomas Arnold ... Edgar Keun
Karsten Dahlem ... Polizist 1
René Lay ... Polizist 2
Christof Düro ... Fahrer Kleinbus
Lena Sabine Berg ... Henriette Zahnert (as Sabine Berg)
Patrick Heinrich ... Segej
Robert Bagelmann ... Rothaariger Junge
Kevin Werner ... Rothaariger Junge - alt
Ingo Hülsmann ... David Andernach (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corinna Borchert ... Nachbarin (uncredited)
Rüdiger Kühmstedt ... Nachbar (uncredited)

Directed by
Anno Saul 
Writing credits
Jan Berger (screenplay)

Akif Pirinçci (novel "Die Damalstür")

Produced by
Christine Derrer .... assistant producer
Christoph Müller .... co-producer
Stefan Schubert .... producer
Ralph Schwingel .... producer
Bjoern Vosgerau .... producer
Original Music by
Fabian Römer 
Cinematography by
Bella Halben 
Film Editing by
Andreas Radtke 
Casting by
Deborah Congia 
Production Design by
Börries Hahn-Hoffmann 
Costume Design by
Katrin Aschendorf 
Makeup Department
Thomas Foldberg .... special makeup effects artist (as Thomas Folderberg)
Morten Jacobsen .... special makeup effects artist
Barbara Kreuzer .... makeup artist (hair stylist)
Kathi Kullack .... additional makeup artist
Alexandra Lebedynski .... additional makeup artist (as Alexandra Skrzypczak)
Katharina Nädelin .... makeup artist (hair stylist)
Production Management
Christian Benesch .... assistant production
Jerôme Dupuis .... assistant production
Nina Hilzinger .... unit manager
Ingrid Holzapfel .... production manager
Christian Kaps .... assistant production
Christian Vennefrohne .... post-production supervisor
Peter Wilms .... set manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Brück .... first assistant director
Christian Kaps .... assistant second assistant director
Ulla Bay Kronenberger .... second assistant director (as Ulla Bay Lührssen)
Ulla Bay Kronenberger .... third assistant director
Art Department
Heribert Biermann .... prop driver
James Cowley .... set builder
Peggy Dix .... stand-by props
Gila Hüholdt .... assistant production designer
Benjamin Kniebe .... storyboard artist
Michael Lenz .... painter
Kathrin Namrodzki .... assistant production designer (as Kathrin Najmrodzki)
Paul Anthony Olive .... assistant property master
Harry Rischmüller .... property master: outdoor
Seth Turner .... construction manager
Annelie Wheeler .... graphic artist
Sound Department
David Arnold .... adr recordist
Richard Borowski .... re-recording mixer
Nicole Graul .... foley editor
Sascha Heiny .... adr recordist
Andreas Henke .... adr recordist
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Jörg Krieger .... production sound mixer
Christian Lerch .... dolby consultant
Bernd Martiensen .... dialogue editor
Christoph Oertel .... foley mixer
Kai Storck .... sound designer
Kai Storck .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Thutewohl .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Roland Buda .... special effects
Roland Tropp .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Stefanie Boese .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Sebastian Elsner .... pipeline technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Rainer Gombos .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Grund .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Jan Hektor .... cgi animatior: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Kerstin Kensy .... visual effects coordinator: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Florian Martin .... lead digital colorist
Natalie Meffert .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Michael Paget .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Sven Pannicke .... visual effects producer: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Jan Piccart .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Christian Pundschus .... cgi artist: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Jakub Stejskal .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Robert Tucker .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Tino Waschke .... visual effects artist
Jonathan Weber .... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Julian Weiss .... match move artist: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Joern Weisspfennig .... cgi technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
Dori Horvath .... stunts
Jürgen Klein .... stunts
Sönke Korries .... stunts
Uwe Mansshardt .... stunts
Ronnie Paul .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandra Anderlik .... additional electrician
Thomas 'Ape' Apel .... second dolly grip
Ben Bernhard .... first assistant camera:second unit
Steffen Birker .... electrician
Felix Buensche .... additional electrician (as Felix Bünsche)
Roman Gutt .... additional electrician
Martin Jahnke .... additional electrician
Gert Kappes .... underwater camera
Klaus Kennemann .... gaffer
Thorsten Klein .... lighting assistant
Nadja Klier .... still photographer
Andreas Knäblein .... additional electrician
Toni Krause .... lighting trainee
Flemming Laybourn .... steadicam operator
Daniel Leibold .... first assistant camera
Johannes Päch .... second dolly grip
Jan Quaas .... electrician
Matthias Schäfer .... key grip
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
Marco Uggiano .... cinematographer: second unit
Sascha Vogel .... additional electrician
Jakob von Lenthe .... second assistant camera
Heinz Wehsling .... steadicam operator
Sascha Werdehausen .... steadicam focus puller
Philipp Werner .... video operator
Martin Wittlich .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Patrick Dreikauss .... casting director: children
Marcel Dykiert .... extras casting
Iris Müller .... extras casting
Katrin Poppelbaum .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anastasia Beljajewa .... additional dresser
Tina-Jane Krohn .... assistant costume designer
Silke Loehmann .... tailor (as Silke Löhmann)
Natali Stefanovic .... dresser
Editorial Department
Sonja Baeger .... assistant editor
Silvia Kubisch .... color timer: rushes
Steffen Paul .... on-line editor
Maiken Priedemann .... color timer: rushes
Location Management
Maxim Juretzka .... assistant location manager
Torsten Oppel .... location manager
Emilio Winschetti .... location scout
Music Department
Pia Hoffmann .... music supervisor
Steffen Kaltschmid .... arranger
Transportation Department
Christoph Schoepe .... production driver
Denis Seeligmann .... production driver
Other crew
Mira Amari .... acting coach
Darius Ghanai .... title designer
Dewi Grobecker .... production accountant
Maxim Juretzka .... making-of
Oliver Kanter .... extras coordinator
Uwe Kolbe .... legal & business affairs
Susanne Liebetrau .... script supervisor
Birgit Nentwig .... production coordinator
Dorothea Trebs .... child supervisor: Nele Trebs
Frauke Anja Koch .... thanks
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler .... thanks
Colm Meaney .... thanks
Mads Mikkelsen .... thanks (as Mads)
Ulrich Moeller-Joergensen .... thanks
Wanja Mues .... thanks
Jessica Schwarz .... thanks (as Jessica)

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Also Known As:
"Die Tür" - Germany (original title)
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103 min
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Mads Mikkelsen performed his lines in German. Although he can be understood quite well, it is still obvious that it is not his native language. Thus, his dialogue was dubbed by Ingo Hülsmann. The German DVD and Blu-ray include an additional audio track with Mikkelsen's original voice.See more »


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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A gripping and philosophical drama with a multitude of influences, 11 April 2011
Author: kluseba from Gatineau, Canada

This movie is easily the best German movie I have seen in the last three years. It is a haunting and atmospheric drama with some science-fiction elements, an eerie touch of suspense and even psychological horror as well as some action scenes. This flick has also a strong philosophical character without being too educative. The gripping question of fate and morality may affect you way beyond this movie and I thought about this intense film many days after I have watched it first.

Normally, I hardly give elevated ratings but everything feels right about the movie. The acting of the movie is simply great. Let's point out that Mads Mikkelsen is playing the role of his life and proves once again that he is a great actor that is able to improve every time again and again. He is amongst my favourite actors now. There are many promising German actors that are delivering more than solid jobs here.

The scenario of this movie is based on a novel and filled with complex actions, cliffhangers and twists, just like a great book. I am really looking forward to read the novel now and though I can't yet compare both, I feel that the movie was intense, detailed and diversified. What I really find fascinating is that the movie, even though the main plot is based on a fictional idea that one could associate to a science-fiction or fantasy movie, the whole flick seems real, authentic and down to earth. The mixture is unique and credible. The movie is not about a magic door that leads to the past or present. This little and only fantastic detail helps to kick the whole story off and one is quickly face to face with situations that mix dreams and reality, wishes and deceptions, hopes and despairs so that one doesn't care about whether the introduction is not fitting or too unreal. This movie is not about something exactly supernatural, it's a lot about the true human character and its ideologies and behaviours.

The movie has what I consider a perfect structure, it slowly introduces the main characters and creates more and more a creepy atmosphere with some weird, surprising and shocking scenes that lead to a dramatic, emotional and action filled ending. You really get drowned into the whole story and feel with the characters.

The way the movie is filmed is full of details and the angels and close ups add a lot to the atmosphere of the film. The movie score underlines the incredible and creative story that starts as a drama and ends as a psychological thriller that is more intense than many horror flicks.

I highly recommend this brilliant and explosive mixture that touches your heart, your nerves and your brain. Spread the word about this rather unknown European flick that should gain worldwide attention as it has now come out in North America and the rest of the world.

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