Hormann’s Anleitung Zum Unglücklichsein makes light of unhappiness
Since June 23, Babelsberg Studios have been hosting the shoot for Sherry Hormann’s latest project, Anleitung Zum Unglücklichsein. This time, the director of award-winning film Desert Flower [+see also:
film profile] (based on the autobiography of Somali top model Waris Dirie, a victim of female circumcision) has decided to adapt The Situation Is Hopeless But Not Serious - The Pursuit Of Unhappiness, a spoof self-help manual published in 1983 by Austrian constructivist theorist Paul Watzlawick, a refugee in the United States.
In Hormann’s romantic comedy, actress Johanna Wokalek (Shooting Star 2006, who played Gudrun Ensslin in The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
film profile] and the female pope in Sönke Wortmann’s Pope Joan [+see also:
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Wokalek stars alongside Iris Berben (Betsy in Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family [+see also:
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interview: Chris Kraus
Anleitung Zum Unglücklichsein is produced by Peter Herrmann (who was behind Oscar-winning film Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
film profile]) for Desert Flower Filmproduktion, in co-production with ARD Degeto / Bavarian Broadcasting, Babelsberg Studios, B.A. Produktion and Kinowelt. The project is backed by national funds FFA and DFFF and three regional funds: NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia), MBB (Berlin-Brandenburg) and FFF Bavaria.
Shooting will continue until the beginning of August, between Babelsberg, Berlin and the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The film will be released in theatres on March 8, 2012 by Kinowelt.
(Translated from French)
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