Feb 042014

Directed by Peter Chelsom
Screenplay by Maria von Heland and Peter Chelsom & Tinker Lindsay
Based on the Novel „Le Voyage D’Hector“ Written by François Lelord and published by Editions Odile Jacob



Rosamund Pike
Simon Pegg
Toni Collette
Stellan Skarsgård
Christopher Plummer
Professor Coreman
Jean Reno
Chris Gauthier
Chad Willett
Togo Igawa
Old Monk
Jakob Davies
Young Hector
Gabrielle Rose
French Proprietress
Deborah Rosan
Veronica Ferres
Rebecca Davis
Barry Atsma
Marcus Shakesheff
Office Boy
Ming Zhao
Ying Li
Tessa Jubber
US Woman – LA Flight
Raj Lal
Hannah Longworth
Aiden Longworth
Jordan Schartner
Evil Plane Assassin
Aaron Le
Young Monk
Sivan Raphaely
LA Stewardess
Adrian Preoteasa

Produced by

John Albanis co-producer
Christian Angermayer executive producer
Hilary Davis associate producer
Klaus Dohle producer
Trish Dolman producer
Christine Haebler producer
Marc Hansell executive producer
Peter Hermann line producer
Phil Hunt producer
Stephen Kelliher associate producer
Jens Meurer executive producer
Yasin Qureshi co-producer
Markus Reinecke associate producer
Compton Ross producer
Elliot Ross executive producer
Fenella Ross executive producer
Judy Tossell producer
Brad Van Arragon line producer

Music by

Dan Mangan

Cinematography by

Kolja Brandt

Film Editing by

Claus Wehlisch

Casting By

Deborah Aquila
Judy Lee
Tricia Wood

Production Design by

Michael Diner

Art Direction by

Laurel Bergman
Emilia Roux

Set Decoration by

James Boatman (set dresser)
James Willcock

Costume Design by

Guy Speranza

Makeup Department

Anne Carroll key hair stylist
Monica Huppert key makeup artist

Production Management

Cheryl Eatock production manager: Africa
Jim O’Grady production manager
Michael Williams production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Paula Antil third assistant director
Paul Barry first assistant director
Philip Nee Nee second assistant director
Amanda Petura trainee assistant director

Art Department

John Beatty construction coordinator
Shannon Courte art department coordinator / graphic designer
Robert J. Dugdale artist
Kate Hilson graphic designer
Garry Moore standby carpenter
Emilia Roux art supervisor: South Africa
Maggie Wilson property master
Renata Zaleska assistant property master

Sound Department

Adrian Baumeister dialogue editor
Michael Hough boom operator
Mark Noda sound mixer
Carsten Richter foley artist
Markus Stemler sound designer
Martin Steyer sound re-recording mixer
Marcus Sujata foley mixer

Special Effects by

Alex Burdett special effects supervisor
Terence J. Cox special effects technician

Visual Effects by

Matthias Albrecht digital film editor
Sebastian Göhs digital colorist
Thomas Ramin technical director: CinePostproduction


Dan Hirst stunt coordinator / stunt double: Simon Pegg
Glenn Marks stunt coordinator
Owen Walstrom stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Ed Araquel still photographer
Chris Cavanagh video operator: UK
Julian Chapdelaine grip
Nicholas Dent grip
Niklas Fischer second assistant camera: Germany
Kieran Humphries first assistant camera: “a” camera
Gaelle Jego lighting technician
Justin Johns video assist operator
Justin Lesch best boy grip: second unit
Oliver Loncraine camera operator: uk
Collin Morrison lighting technician
Dietmar Raiff first assistant camera: Bavaria
Cody Rusinko lighting technician
Dean Schwingboth best boy grip
Ian Seabrook underwater director of photography
Kat Spencer central loader: UK unit
Michael Swan camera operator
Derek Ueckermann first assistant camera: South Africa
Kieran Waites electrician
Tyler Woeste first assistant camera

Casting Department

Bonnie Lee Bouman casting: South Africa
James Forsyth extras casting
Edward D. Rea casting associate

Music Department

Adrian Baumeister music editor
Falko Duczmal score recording engineer
Henning Fuchs music coordinator / music editor / music production coordinator berlin / orchestrator
Peter Fuchs score mixer

Transportation Department

Gord Alyward transportation captain
Billy McRobbie driver: cast

Other crew

Daisy Baldry floor runner: UK
Dave Booys production assistant
Anne-Cécile Boulais production assistant
Robert Brinkschulte script translator
Gero Brugmann legal services: production financing
James Cleave floor runner: UK
Peter Cummings product placement / research: clearance & placement
Ian Doig animal coordinator: Canada
Claire Finbow assistant: Simon Pegg
Katie Gallant production assistant
Rebekka Garrido project supervisor Post Republic
Meredith Garstin production assistant
Iona Harris assistant to director: UK Unit / assistant to director: UK
Carol Heij production coordinator: africa
Patti Henderson additional script supervisor
Danny Ho playback supervisor
Lorraine Jamison unit publicist
Frank Lehmann production executive
Grace MacLeod animal trainer: Canada
Emma Mallett production coordinator: UK
Andrew Thomas Mckenzie stand-in for simon pegg/floor runner: UK
Jim McKeown producer’s assistant
Hanna Menon production assistant
Dave T. Nall wrangler
Mark O’Connell social media manager
Lawra Robertson assistant to brad van arragon
Christopher Spencer assistant production coordinator
Lydia Strojin production assistant
David Taylor unit manager: uk
David Taylor unit manager: uk
Amanda Verhagen production office assistant
Adam Webb location assistant
Chris Webb location manager: uk
Mark Wilson assistant location manager: uk
Anthony Wittrock production assistant
Tomas Wittrup director assistant
Laura Wootton stand-in for rosamund pike: UK
Andrew Jack dialect coach: Veronica Ferres (uncredited)
Harro von Have legal advisor: financing (uncredited)

Hector is a successful young psychiatrist with the right spectacles, the right office furniture, and all the right medications at his disposal but he feels like a failure. His patients—an urban, educated, and seemingly privileged class of people—are persistently unhappy, and despite his excellent training and sympathetic ear, Hector doesn’t know how to truly help them. Even worse, he finds himself becoming increasingly drained and dissatisfied by his own life, including his uncertain relationship with an equally successful pharmaceutical marketing professional named Clara.

Ready for a break, Hector books a vacation with a mission: He will travel the world in search of what makes people happy or unhappy. Since Clara is too busy with work, he sets out on his own, stopping first in China to visit his old school friend Édouard. Through Édouard, a lonely businessman trapped on the money-making treadmill, he learns one of his first lessons—that no matter how fine the wine, happiness can’t really be bought. He also meets a young woman, Ying Li, who teaches him about love, and an elderly monk who questions the very nature of his journey but invites him to return when he’s completed it.

From there, Hector travels to Africa to visit another friend, a doctor working with impoverished patients. Here again, Hector finds plenty of new inspiration in his study of happiness, from a meal with a local family to cheerful conversations in the hotel bar with a drug lord and a bartender. When he has a run-in with the local mob and is held hostage in a storage closet for a terrifying spell, however, he finds himself faced with newer, starker realities.

Narrowly escaping his death, Hector travels to the United States to meet with a happiness expert. He shares his collected wisdom with the scholar and manages to draw a few more conclusions about the connection between happiness and relationships. After returning to meet with the Chinese monk a second time, Hector is finally ready to put his learning to work—and bring his hard-won research home.

This charming debut from psychiatrist and self-help author François Lelord—now an international bestseller—is an engaging parable about modern man’s never-ending search for contentment. Told with a fairy tale’s naïve wisdom and a satirist’s dry wit, Hector and the Search for Happiness distills a complex world of immigrant peasants, kindly drug barons, doctors without borders, depressed psychics, and lovelorn academics into a feel-good life manual.

Jan 152006

Nominations for Guldbagge (Swedish Film Awards) Amanda Ooms Best Actress
Winner Guldbagge Lia Boysen Best supporting actress
Nomination Grand Prix des Amériques Montréal World Film Festival


country: Sweden
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Maria von Heland
release date: SE 08/09/2006
screenplay: Maria von Heland
cast: Amanda Ooms, Mikael Persbrandt, Ulrika Malmgren, Lia Boysen, Pernilla August, Leif André, Johan Rabeus, Embla Hane, Kalle Westerdahl, Per Grytt, Jonas Malmsjö, Petra Nielsen, Linus Tunström, Madeleine von Heland, Anders Ekborg (voice)…
cinematography by: Peter Östlund
film editing: Jessica Congdon, Søren B. Ebbe
art director: Ingo von Heland
music: Nicklas Frisk, Andreas Mattsson
producer: Helena Danielsson, Maria von Heland
production: SFI- Swedish Film Institute/Svenska Filminstitutet, Hepp film (SE)
distributor: Sonet Film AB

sales agent: Trust Film Sales

Youthful, sensual nurse seeking partner. Lisa is 38 and still single. Her biological clock keeps ticking, and so she turns to Internet dating.

On the net things are just like in real life. Sex comes before love. Emotions kill. And nothing is quite what it seems. The stakes get higher, and Lisa gets ready to gamble everything.

SEARCH is a film about hopes, expectataions and broken promises. About sex, destiny and true love.


This started out as an experiment. We had a bit of time on our hands, it was summer, my father was dying, Amanda Ooms had just returned to Sweden after many years abroad. Everyone was in some kind of a crisis and the best way out of it seemed to be to make a film, so we did. There were five of us in the team: My old friend Ingrid Rudefors (production manager), her (former) husband Peter Östlund (camera) and my brother Jesper Weissglas (sound/production) my husband Ingo (covering the missing departments) and myself.

We shot on Peter’s video camera. Amanda managed to get practically every actor in Sweden to come shoot for a day or two. Everyone we knew helped out with something. I wrote the script on the morning of each shooting day. Amanda and I shared the responsibility for costumes and I did the make-up. We lived in a big house that a friend rented to us cheaply. My friend Jessica Congdon who had edited Big Girls Don’t Cry came to sort out the footage. We got some money from Film i Väst. SVT got involved. Sonet wanted to distribute. Six months later we faced the disaster – the story was not really holding together.

We got a new producer involved (Helena Danielsson, Heppfilm) and I wrote a proper script – using the best of the material we had already shot. Then we shot again the following summer – slightly more people on the team, but the principle remained the same. It was tougher, though- for all of us involved. The refreshing madness of the summer before was gone. But, we did it. And that was fantastic. I went to Copenhagen and edited the film with Søren Ebbe at Zentropa. We got everyone back on the boat, much thanks to Gunnar Carlsson from SVT and Tomas Eskilsson from Film i Väst, and the film got a proper cinema release. To all of those who went on this adventure with us:. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And here is a little outtakes video that Jessica Congdon cut after our first shooting period.


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Jan 152002
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Jan 152000


Feature Film, 132 mins. Biopic, Germany 2008
Hildegard Knef was a sinner and a singer, a movie star in Hollywood, and a hit on Broadway. She loved a Nazi and married a Jew. She fought in the ruins of World War II Berlin, but felt at home on Park Avenue.

Both adored and despised by the German public, her Autobiography was a No. 1 bestseller. Her concerts were legendary. She was a German icon. And she was very, very cool. This is her life.

Heike Makatsch
Dan Stevens
Monica Bleibtreu
Michael Gwisdek

DIRECTOR: Kai Wessel
WRITER: Maria von Heland
BASED ON: The Gift Horse / The Life of Hildegard Knef (All rights by Egoli Tossell Film)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Thomas Freudenthal
COSTUME: Lucie Bates
PRODUCER: Judy Tossell
CO-PRODUCERS: Fred Breinersdorfer, Basti Griese, Ralf Schmitz
DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), MEDIA
DISTRIBUTED BY: Warner Bros. Germany

Promotion Site

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Jan 181999

England! (2001) poster


Director: Achim von Borries

Achim von Borries, Karin Aström, Maria von Heland

Ivan Shvedoff, Merab Ninidze and Anna Geislerová


Valeri Sikorski knows from his doctors that his days are numbered because of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He wants to make a last adventure in his life and goes to England, but first he stops in Berlin to pick up his best friend Victor. But Victor has disappeared. Now Valeri’s journey turns into a search for his old friend Victor.

Adolf Grimme Awards, Germany 2003

Brussels European Film Festival 2001
Best Actor: Ivan Shvedoff

Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema 2000
Audience Award Achim von Borries
Award of the Ecumenical Jury Achim von Borries
Don Quixote Award Achim von Borries
Promotional Award Achim von Borries

Festróia – Tróia International Film Festival, 2001
Tróia Award – First Works Section Achim von Borries

German Film Critics Association Awards
2002 Won German Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography
Jutta Pohlmann
Best Screenplay (Bestes Drehbuch)
Achim von Borries
Karin Aström
Maria von Heland

Max Ophüls Festival
Year Result Award 2001
Nominated Max Ophüls Award Achim von Borries

Prix Europa 2001
Prix Europa

Trieste Film Festival, 2001
Prize Trieste Achim von Borries

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Jan 181998

Director: Nana Dzhordzhadze
Writers: Irakli Kvirikadze, Maria von Heland (contributing writer)
Stars: Merab Ninidze, Anna Antonowicz and Chulpan Khamatova


The Salzlipp twins grow up without their father. The boy and the girl are convinced he is an important superhero secret agent. But when he eventually comes home, it turns out that he is but a puny, insignificant meteorologist who had been innocently languishing in jail. The children refuse to accept that this is their father. And sexy Mrs. Salzlipp has fallen in love with another man. But Salzlipp fights back. He discovers that he can influence and indeed manipulate the weather. He can turn summertime into deep frost. Magic! As with Dostoyevski’s Idiot there’s more to Salzlipp than meets the eye. Maybe he can use his gift to win back his family? An imaginative tale about love and respect in a romantic seaside setting.


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