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STORM

by Hans-Christian Schmid

synopsis

Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against Goran Duric, a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army. He is accused of the deportation and later killing of Bosnian-Muslim civilians in Kasmaj, a small town in what is now the Republika Srpska. When a key witness is ensnared in the contradictions of his testimony, the tribunal sends a delegation to Bosnia to get a definitive picture of the events on site. Doubts as to the witness’ credibility are confirmed; to all appearances he has not told the truth. Shortly afterwards his body is found; he has committed suicide in his hotel room. For Hannah the case is not yet lost. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness’ burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira there. Hannah soon senses that Mira has much more to say about the defendant than she is willing to admit.

international title: Storm
original title: Sturm
country: Germany, Denmark, Netherlands
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Hans-Christian Schmid
film run: 110'
screenplay: Bernd Lange, Hans-Christian Schmid
cast: Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgård, Alexander Fehling, Tarik Filipović, Kresimir Mikić
cinematography by: Bogumil Godfrejow
film editing: Hansjörg Weißbrich
art director: Christian M. Goldbeck
costumes designer: Steffi Bruhn
music: The Notwist
producer: Britta Knöller, Hans-Christian Schmid, Maria Köpf, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Jensen Peter Garde
production: 23/5 Filmproduktion, Zentropa International Berlin, IDTV Film, Film i Väst (DK)
backing: SWR, ARTE, WDR

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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2009In Competition
European Parliament LUX Prize 2009In Competition
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