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Schlaflos (2006)

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


Christian Genzel


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


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.)


Short | Drama



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10 November 2006 (Austria) See more »

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Did You Know?


The American Ben meets in the bar, Phil Winter, is named after Wim Wenders' alter ego character who appears in several of Wenders' movies. His daughter's name Sofia is a tribute to director Sofia Coppola. See more »


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 The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Never Getting Anywhere
Music & Lyrics by Christoph Schwarz
Performed by Betty's Apartment
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A fine little piece of film-making
15 December 2006 | by chh-prodSee 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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