Schnitzler shoots Resturlaub adaptation
by Bénédicte Prot
On June 29, shooting started in Bamberg on the big-screen adaptation of Tommy Jaud’s best-selling novel Resturlaub (upon its publication in 2005, it sold over 750,000 copies in German-speaking countries), which is scripted by the author and directed by Gregor Schnitzler (The Cloud [+see also:
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This comedy about a mid-thirties crisis centres on Peter, aka "Pitschi", a brewery manager who goes to the other end of the world to escape routine. He is played by Maximilian Brückner, well-known for his roles in Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s films, including Grave Decisions [+see also:
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Pitschi’s wife Sabine, or "Biene", is played by Mira Bartuschek and his best friend by Stephan Luca (Rabbit Without Ears [+see also:
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Sony Pictures, who are producing the film via their Cologne-based German arm, hope that Resturlaub will at least match the success of Tobi Baumann’s adaptation of Jaud’s first novel, Complete Idiot [+see also:
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Resturlaub has received backing from the FFA and DFFF (€300,000), and regional funds FFF Bavaria (€700,000), NRW North Rhine-Westphalia (€250,000) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (€137,444).
The film will be released in German theatres by Sony Pictures on September 22, 2011.
(Translated from French)
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