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by Christoph Hochhäusler


A man and a woman at an art exhibition share a fleeting moment of attraction, which neither can act upon. Days later, a chance second meeting leads to an innocent coffee and the two strangers – both married - toy with their unexplainable fascination for each other. Svenja is curious and finds herself in a hotel room with Roland, but she does not consummate an affair. A powerful executive at the large bank where Svenja's husband works, Roland is used to getting what he wants. He manipulates the transfer of her husband to Indonesia to replace a recently murdered bank manager. Unaware of Roland’s actions, Svenja now ceases to resist...

international title: The City Below
original title: Unter dir die Stadt
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Christoph Hochhäusler
film run: 110'
release date: FR 15/12/2010, DE 31/03/2011, NL 21/04/2011, BE 29/06/2011
screenplay: Christoph Hochhäusler, Ulrich Peltzer
cast: Wolfgang Böck, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Corinna Kirchhoff, Nicolette Krebitz, Van-Lam Vissay, Mark Waschke
cinematography by: Bernhard Keller
film editing: Stefan Stabenow
art director: Tim Pannen
production: Heimatfilm
distributor: Bodega Films, Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Cinemien, Abc Distribution


main awards/selection

Cannes 2010 Un Certain regard

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