At first, 1/2 Miete looks set to become a cyber thriller. The brilliant computer hacker Peter, who was about to make a killing by selling very valuable data, suddenly turns tail and flees when his paranoid wife - accidentally or deliberately - turns out to have drowned in the bath. He can't stay in a hotel without a passport, so he breaks into the apartment of absent inhabitants. His first victim is a crimi scriptwriter, whose notes he cleverly reorders. A few stairs down, he combs the house of a lonely worker and gives him a hand in his chess game with himself. Another favourite haven is the spotless apartment of a lonely young woman who is obsessed with scrubbing. In the meantime, he tries to sell his stolen computer files.The film focuses increasingly on Peter's interventions in the spaces of other people, with whom he develops a strange kind of bond. 1/2 Miete develops from a hip DV movie with a limited budget into an atmospheric and eventually quite moving story with surprising insights into identity and personal space. 1/2 Miete is one of the first fruits of the 'Radical Digital' project initiated by Wim Wenders that wants to give young film makers a chance.

International title
1/2 the Rent
Filmmaker
Marc Ottiker
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Germany
Year
2002
Medium
35mm
Length
92’
Language
German
Producer
Reverse Angle Media Sales, Wim Wenders, Ute Schneider
Sales
Reverse Angle Media Sales
Writer
Marc Ottiker