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by Maren Ade


Full of idealism, Melanie, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. The daily school routine soon catches up with her, her idealism is challenged, things are much tougher than she had imagined. Apart from one colleague, Thorsten, who does his best to make her feel welcome, she has little contact with the rest of the staff. When she gets to know Tina, she seems to get in touch with her new surroundings. But her expectations are not fulfilled as quickly as she would hope. And the more Melanie tries to become Tina's friend, the more Tina starts to hide. The Forest for the Trees starts out as a well-observed story about an enthusiastic young woman, but ends as a tragic portrait of a human being.

international title: The Forest for the Trees
original title: DerWald vor lauter Bäumen
country: Germany
sales agent: Sola Media GmbH
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Maren Ade
film run: 81'
screenplay: Maren Ade
cast: Eva Loebau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann, Ilona Schulz, Robert Schupp
cinematography by: Nikolai von Graevenitz
film editing: Heike Parplies
art director: Claudia Schoelzel
music: loa Siefert, Nellis Du Biel
producer: Janine Jackowski
production: Komplizen Film, SWR – Südwestrundfunk, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF), KaufmannWoebke
backing: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, Filmförderungsanstalt FFA
distributor: Timebandits Films

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