Vier Minuten

Deutschland 2005/2006 Spielfilm

Summary

Four Minutes

Pianist Traute Krüger has been giving piano lessons in a women′s prison for more than 60 years, almost as if she had to pay for some crime herself. One day she meets Jenny there, an unapproachable, erratic, violent young woman who is imprisoned for murder. Traude at first refuses to take on the fiercely rebellious girl as a pupil – until she hears her play. As a child Jenny was a musical prodigy and now could easily take part in piano competitions outside of the prison if she could only pull herself together. A battle of wills develops between the self-destructive inmate and her strict, conservative teacher – a duel of life and love that rubs salt in the hidden wounds of the two women. In a frenzied finale, Jenny has only four minutes to do something that not even Traute could expect of her.

Chris Kraus cast the two dissimilar women with the experienced actress Monica Bleibtreu as Traude and the previously almost unknown Hannah Herzsprung, who as Jenny delivers an exhilarating, universally lauded performance in her first leading role. The film′s music, which features alongside compositions by Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven and Schubert a brilliant piece by contemporary composer Annette Focks, stands in a contrapuntal relationship to the clash of the two women. Chris Kraus: "For me the music in "Four Minutes" is a dominant element, not as an end in itself, but as an alternative to the gruesome world that shines through behind the two women."

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director

Screenplay

Director of photography

Editing

Cast

All Credits

Director

Screenplay

Director of photography

Assistant camera

Clapper loader

Steadycam operator

Lighting design

Key grip

Production design

Make-up artist

Costume design

Editing

Sound design

Sound

Sound assistant

Audio mixing

Special effects

Casting

Cast

Line producer

Unit production manager

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Original distributor

Shoot

    • 07.06.2005 - 25.07.2005: Luckau, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Oldenburg, Stuttgart
Duration:
3038 m, 112 min
Format:
16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby DTS
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung: 17.10.2006, 107769, ab 12 Jahre, feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (CN): 23.06.2006, Shanghai, IFF;
Erstaufführung (DE): 28.10.2006, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 01.02.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 25.03.2010, Arte

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Vier Minuten
  • Arbeitstitel (DE) Nur für Mozart
  • Weiterer Titel (ENG) Four Minutes

Versions

Original

Duration:
3038 m, 112 min
Format:
16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby DTS
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung: 17.10.2006, 107769, ab 12 Jahre, feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (CN): 23.06.2006, Shanghai, IFF;
Erstaufführung (DE): 28.10.2006, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 01.02.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 25.03.2010, Arte

Awards

IFF Hampton 2007
  • Rising Star Award
  • Publikumspreis
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Oslo 2007
  • Hauptpreis
Deutscher Kamerapreis 2007
  • Bester Schnitt / Kinospielfilm
Deutscher Filmpreis 2007
  • Lola in Gold, Bester Spielflim
  • Lola, Beste Darstellerin
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2007
  • Beste Nachwuchsdarstellerin
  • Beste Darstellerin
  • VGF-Nachwuchsproduzentenpreis
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco 2007
  • Hauptpreis / Publikumspreis
  • Hauptpreis
Jury der evangelischen Filmarbeit 2007
  • Film des Monats Februar 2007
Filmfest Braunschweig 2006
  • Publikumspreis >Heinrich<
Filmfestspiele Biberach 2006
  • Goldener Biber
Internationale Filmtage Hof 2006
  • Preis für das beste Szenenbild
IFF Shanghai 2006
  • Jin Jue Award für den besten Film