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EFFI BRIEST

by Hermine Huntgeburth

synopsis

Following her parents’ wishes, spirited seventeen-year-old Effi Briest marries Baron von Innstetten – a former admirer of her mother – who is twenty years Effi’s senior. This marriage of prudence heralds the beginning of a humdrum life, far from home, for Effi. Innstetten devotes himself entirely to his political career, and the sleepy small town of Kessin has very little to offer in terms of variety. But then, one day, Innstetten’s old regimental comrade, Major Crampas – a charming womanizer – arrives on the scene. Effi begins a passionate affair with him and, for the first time, discovers the meaning of love. Years later, when Baron Innstetten hears of their now bygone affair, he challenges Major Crampas to a duel.

international title: Effi Briest
original title: Effi Briest
country: Germany
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Hermine Huntgeburth
film run: 118'
screenplay: Volker Einrauch
cast: Julia Jentsch, Sebastian Koch, Mišel Matičević, Barbara Auer, Margaritta Broich, Rüdiger Vogler, Juliane Köhler
cinematography by: Martin Langer
film editing: Eva Schnare
art director: Thomas Freudenthal
costumes designer: Lucie Bates
producer: Günter Rohrbach, Martin Moszkowicz
production: Constantin Film AG

main awards/selection

Berlinale 2009 Berlinale Special
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