Requiem

Deutschland 2004-2006 Spielfilm

Summary

Inspired by actual events, this film tells the story of a young woman named Michaela Klinger who, torn between faith and sickness at the beginning of the 1970s, became the victim of an exorcism. Brought up by her parents in a strict Catholic household, Michaela moved to Tübingen at the age of 21 to take up studies in teaching. Although her father, always her ally, is fully supportive of the move, her anxious mother, who tries to keep her epileptic daughter bound up in a cocoon of bans and preventative measures, has mixed feelings about Michaela becoming a student.

 

Delighted to have put her lower middle-class environment behind her, Michaela immediately relishes her new-found freedom and soon makes friends with university students Hanna and Stefan. But Michaela’s past soon catches up with her: in spite of medication she begins to suffer from ever more epileptic fits and delusions. Only now she hears voices and believes herself to be possessed by demons. One morning Hanna finds Michaela lying unconscious among the upturned furniture in her room at the halls of residence. It becomes clear that Michaela can no longer conceal her traumatic past.

In desperation, she seeks help from a familiar source – her village church. She appeals to the trusted priest, Father Landauer, who introduces her to a colleague. After initial misgivings, Michaela agrees to a lengthy discussion with this young priest, whose name is Martin Borchert. Afterwards she feels relieved and even elated.

But her condition deteriorates while she is spending the Christmas holidays at her parents’ house. Michaela and her mother have a blazing row and Michaela subsequently has a violent fit. Not knowing how else to help their increasingly aggressive daughter, Michaela’s parents contact the priest. After careful discussion with the family and collective prayers, Michaela finally agrees to have an exorcism.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Screenplay

Director of photography

Cast

All Credits

Assistant director

Script supervisor

Screenplay

Director of photography

Assistant camera

2nd Camera unit

Still photography

Lighting design

Costume design

Assistant editor

Sound assistant

Sound mixer

Audio mixing

Casting

Cast

Executive producer

Line producer

Unit production manager

Location manager

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Shoot

    • November 2004 - Dezember 2004: Tübingen und Umgebung
Duration:
2520 m, 92 min
Format:
35mm, Cinemascope
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung: 25.01.2006, 104104, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung: 17.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart: 02.03.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 06.02.2009, Arte

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Requiem

Versions

Original

Duration:
2520 m, 92 min
Format:
35mm, Cinemascope
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung: 25.01.2006, 104104, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung: 17.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart: 02.03.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 06.02.2009, Arte

Awards

Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2007
  • Beste Darstellerin
  • Bester Spielfilm
Tallin Black Nights Festival 2006
  • Darstellerinnenpreis
Montageforum Film+ 2006
  • Schnitt-Preis in der Kategorie Spielfilm
IFF Sitges 2006
  • Premi de la Crítica José Luis Guarner
  • Bester Film
  • Beste Darstellerin
Deutscher Filmpreis 2006
  • Lola, Beste Tongestaltung
  • Lola, Bestes Kostümbild
  • Lola, Beste Nebendarstellerin
  • Lola, Beste Darstellerin
  • Lola in Silber (ex aequo >Knallhart<), Bester Spielfilm
Jury der evangelischen Filmarbeit 2006
  • Film des Monats
IFF Berlin 2006
  • Silberner Bär, Beste Darstellerin
  • FIPRESCI-Preis
FBW 2006
  • Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2006
  • Beste Nachwuchsdarstellerin