Die Freunde der Freunde

  • 89'
  • Germany
  • 2002
Adaptation of Henry James's 1896 novella The way it came in a contemporary setting: a boys' boarding school. Gregor is a bit of a wimp, or a dreamer, while his mate Arthur is quite the lady's man. At a party, Gregor meets an enigmatic waif called Billie, while Arthur fools around with a carefree lass named Pia. Billie and Arthur have one thing in common: both witnessed a phenomenon called 'death projection': seeing images of people at the moment of their demise, miles away. These apparitions are brief, the dying look very real and most alive; call it life's afterglow. Destiny has it that something will happen when two people who have faced death this way meet...
Less an exercise in intellectually refined Gothic horror than a melancholic coming-of-age tale with supernatural elements, Graf's use of DV makes this world look like the beyond, or a neverscape - haunted and hard to see.

Director
Dominik Graf
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2002
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
89'
Medium
Betacam Digi
Language
German
Production Company
WDR
Sales
Global Screen GmbH
Screenplay
Markus Busch, Dominik Graf
Cinematography
Hanno Lentz
Editor
Christel Suckow
Production Design
Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer
Sound Design
Rupert Medele
Music
Sven Rossenbach, Florian van Volxem
Cast
Sabine Timoteo, Matthias Schweighöfer