Feb 102020

Am Donnerstag, 29. August 2019, 20.15 Uhr, zeigt das ZDF die Familien-Tragikomödie “So einfach stirbt man nicht“. In dem Ensemble-Film sind Michael Gwisdek, Michaela May, Ursula Karven, Anja Schiffel, Sandra Borgmann, Natalia Wörner und viele andere zu sehen. 

Als Kurt Lehmann (Michael Gwisdek) einen Herzinfarkt erleidet, reisen seine Töchter Lotte (Ursula Karven), Steffi (Anja Schiffel) und Rebecca (Sandra Borgmann) nach Mallorca, um von ihm Abschied zu nehmen – und ein beträchtliches Erbe anzutreten. Auch Kurts Frau Renate (Michaela May) will mit ihm ins Reine kommen. Während er im Koma liegt, beichtet sie ihm, dass Rebecca nicht seine Tochter ist. Alles läuft aus dem Ruder, als Kurt erwacht: Er erinnert sich an die Beichte seiner Frau, ist plötzlich besessen von einem alten Olivenhain und verrückt nach der schönen Inselbewohnerin Carla (Natalia Wörner).

Ansprechpartnerin: Elisa Schultz, Telefon: 089 – 9955-1349; 
Presse-Desk, Telefon: 06131 – 70-12108, 

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Mainz, 26. August 2019
ZDF Presse und Information
Feb 022014

Premiering in Emden Filmfestival. Airing on May 30th on ARD, Germany’s channel 1.

Directed by: Maria von Heland
Produced by: Nataly Kudiabor
Moritz Anton
Production Design: Astrid Pöschke
Costume Design: Andreas Janczyk
Make Up Artists: Heiko Schmidt, Kerstin Gecklein
Editor: Uta Schmidt
Casting Director: Mai Seck
Screenplay by: Sathyan Ramesh

Principal Cast:
Jeanette Hain
Devid Striesow
Anna Maria Mühe
Barry Atsma
Christine Ostermayer
Eisi Gulp
Bernd Stegemann
Michael König



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Nov 202011


Producer Uschi Reich, Michael Hild
Writers Rochus Hahn, Uschi Reich, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
Director Maria von Heland
Cinematographer Roman Osin
Composer Youki Yamamoto
Editor Barbara von Weitershausen,  Ariel Sages
Production designer Stephanie Brenner
Costume designer Andreas Janczyk
Make Up Artists Heiko Schmidt, Kerstin Gecklein
Commissioning editor Margret Schepers (SWR)
Cast Meira Durand, Juliane Köhler, Thomas Loib, Rufus Beck, Axel Prahl, Liane Forestieri, Eisi Gulp, Sara von Heland

Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, this film features Mina, a brave little girl whose village is in trouble. The king has taken all the adults, including Mina’s parents, to work for him as weavers. Left in the village are only the old people and the children. The children are hungry and cold and they miss their parents. The king’s tax system is so unjust that the longer the weavers work, the more they owe. It is up to Mina to take the last of the village’s money to the castle and convince the king to set the parents free. On her way to the castle Mina’s good heart and courage is tested. Her first encounter is with a greedy salesman who keeps the talking dog, Mr. Flix in a small bird’s case. Mina manages to set the dog free, and together the two cross the cold land to get to the castle.

Mina gives away her belongings one by one in order to make other’s happy. She gets to meet the king and the queen, but she fails to find her parents.  Having lost everything, even her companion Mr. Flix, Mina heads for the dark woods. She has lost all hope, but her heart is still pure. In a final act of selflessness she gives he clothing away – and just as we think we reached the end – the stars twinkle and the reward Mina for her goodness – allowing Mina to find a new beginning not just for herself, her parents but for her entire family and of course also for her loyal friend Flix.

The Original Fairy tale:

The Star Talers

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose father and mother had died, and she was so poor that she no longer had a room to live in, nor a bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little piece of bread in her hand that some charitable soul had given her. She was good and pious, however. And as she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth into the country, trusting in dear God.

Then a poor man met her, who said, “Ah, give me something to eat, I am so hungry.”

She handed him her entire piece of bread, saying, “May God bless it for you,” and went on her way.

Then came a child who moaned and said, “My head is so cold. Give me something to cover it with.” So she took off her cap and gave it to the child. And when she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was freezing. So she gave her jacket to that child, and a little farther on one begged for a dress, and she gave her dress away as well. At length she made her way into a forest and it was already dark. Then there came yet another child, and asked for a shift, and the pious girl thought to herself, “It is a dark night and no one can see you. You can very well give your shift away,” and she took it off, and gave it away as well.

And thus she stood there, with nothing left at all, when suddenly some stars fell down from heaven, and they were nothing else but hard shining talers, and although she had just given her shift away, she was now wearing a new one which was of the very finest linen. Then she gathered together the money into it, and was rich all the days of her life.



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Jan 152007



TV-Movie, Germany 2007

Suddenly Gina
Romantic Comedy
Movie, 1 x 90’
Directed by Maria von Heland
Written by Richard Curtis, German version Martin Rauhaus
Starring Julia Jentsch, Jan Josef Liefers, Iris Berben, Catherine Deneuve, Andrea Sawatzki, Jürgen Heinrich, Jördis Triebel, Simone Tomalla, Stefan Kurt
Produced by Egoli Tossell Film AG in cooperation with Cinema for Peace for Sat.1 in association with SevenOne International

Suddenly Gina” is a remake of the hugely successful BBC movie ”The Girl in the Café”, which was scripted by Emmy Award Winner and Oscar Nominee Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Notting Hill”, “Love Actually”, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”) and starred Bill Nighy and Kelly McDonald. “The Girl in the Café” was honored with 3 Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

Laurens is a man loyal to his job. Perhaps a little too loyal. As advisor to the German Finance Minister, Laurens spends his entire day brooding over documents. Then one day he meets an enigmatic woman named Gina, a midwife, who intrigues Laurens with her sheer vitality.

Suddenly aware of everything that has been missing from his staid and lonely life, he impulsively invites Gina to accompany him to the upcoming G8 Summit that he must attend.

Gina accepts Laurens’ unexpected invitation, and so begins the story of an unlikely love that will not only alter Laurens’ life, but possibly also the course of world politics…

It is soon obvious that the spirited Gina does not fit into the stuffy world of diplomats and economists. Gina speaks a language that most of the diplomats have long since forgotten – the language of the heart. It is a language that enchants Laurens, despite the turmoil it threatens to bring into his life.

As the gentle love story between Laurens and Gina develops, the bureaucrat hardly recognizes himself. He is in seventh heaven. Yet he begins to wonder – does he have the strength to stand by Gina, even when the going gets rough?

And the going soon gets rough. Gina realizes that most of the politicians at the Summit are more interested in their own petty vanities and squabbles than in reducing world poverty. As she learns more, Gina becomes increasingly outspoken at the Summit, directly challenging the reigning powers to do more to end world poverty.

For his part, Laurens is embarrassed by Gina’s outbursts, worrying that her disrespectful behavior may cost him his job – the one thing he cared most about until he met Gina. Laurens now faces a difficult choice – could he possibly give up his career for love?

CAST: Jan Josef Liefers, Julia Jentsch, Stefan Kurt, Jürgen Heinrich, Andrea Sawatzki, Iris Berben, Simone Thomalla, Jördis Triebel
DIRECTOR: Maria von Heland
SCREENPLAY: Martin Rauhaus (based on GIRL IN THE CAFE by Richard Curtis)
DoP: Gero Steffen
CASTING: Anja Dihrberg
PRODUCERS: Judy Tossell, Jaka Bizilj
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: Cinema for Peace and Sat. 1 GmbH
SUPPORTED BY: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB)


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