TV drama takes theatres by storm
Originally intended for television, Die Standesbeamtin [+see also:
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In 2004, Christoph Schaub’s TV drama Sternenberg also enjoyed immense box office success (125,000 admissions). But Bettina Oberli’s Late Bloomers [+see also:
film profile] is the record-holder for audience figures achieved by TV productions in cinemas (595,000 viewers).
Die Standesbeamtin is a hilarious romantic comedy centring on registrar Rahel Hubli (Marie Leuenberger), whose life is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of a boyfriend from her youth, Ben (Dominique Jann). Formerly members of the same rock band, they have been out of touch for many years. He returns from Berlin, where he works as a professional musician, while she is the married mother of a teenage son.
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