NACHTSCHWIMMEN

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„THE PHOTOGRAPH ON THE DASHBOARD – TAKEN YEARS AGO
TURNED AROUND BACKWARDS SO THE WINDSHIELD SHOWS
EVERY STREET LIGHT – REVEALS A PICTURE IN REVERSE.”
REM „NIGHTSWIMMING”

“Nachtschwimmen” (Nightswimming)
short fiction film, Austria, 17min, 35mm, 2002

“All Elena ever wanted was to swim at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. To reach this goal, the 14 year old devises a special training method: to literally swim the distance between Berlin and Barcelona in a local swimming pool. “Nachtschwimmen” follows Elena’s youth as if in a labyrinth and puts this dream in the context of puberty and her rivalry with her sister, who gets all the boys.”

cast:
Elena: Selda Kaya
Elena as Youth: Johanna Tietz
Alex: André Röhner
Alex as Youth: Raúl Semmler
Eva: Lina Rabea Mohr
Klaus: Otto Birnbaum
Girl in the Front Seat: Lea-Sophie Cramer
Boy on the Beak Seat: Christopher Enke
Trainer: Beate Ludewig
Elena’s Swimming Double: Doreen Ziegler

writer/director/producer: Markus Engel
director of photography:Thomas C. Wagner
casting: Ulrike Müller
art department: Till Müller
costumes: Stephan Bolz
make-up: Sylvio Kölbel
sound designer: Daniel Matzanke
editor: Daniel Anderson
music: Hubert Mauracher
production Manager: Clemens Wistuba

FESTIVAL AWARDS:
* First prize European competition
Vendôme Film Festival 2002 in Vendôme, France
* Runner-up
Dances With Films 2002 in Los Angeles, USA

FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE:
* 3rd SentieroCorto 2002 – Short Film Festival in Milan, Italy
* Taormina BLN Film Fest 2002, Italy
* 13th São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2002, Brazil
* 7th Manchester International Short Film Festival 2002, England
* Corto Imola Festival 2002, Italy
* Sevilla Festival of Cinema and Sport, Spain
* FIKE 2002 – Évora International Short Film Festival, Portugal
* 12th DaKINO Film Festival 2002 in Bucharest, Romania
* 5th MVPA Annual Director’s Cuts 2002 in Los Angeles, USA
* 5th Sarasota Film Festival 2003, USA
* Filmschau Würzburg 2003, Germany
* roARaTorio, Rencontres Internationales 2003, France/Germany
* DIAGONALE, Festival des oesterreichischen Films 2003, Austria
* 2° Best of Short Films Festivals 2003, La Ciotat, France
* Las Vegas Blue Sky International Film Festival 2003, USA
* 1st Bratislava Selection of Best Short Films 2003, Slovakia
* 1. Filmfest Eberswalde 2004 in Eberswalde, Germany