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DEADWEIGHT

DEADWEIGHT

Axel Koenzen’s oceangoing debut feature, a Finnish-German co-production, premiered in the Forum section at the Berlin International Film Festival. Latest in a welcome flurry of oceangoing pictures that plunge viewers into the hard-knock realities of nautical life, Axel Koenzen’s enigmatically elliptical debut Deadweight positions itself at the more challenging end of the cinematic spectrum. Taking its tenor from an inscrutable lead performance by Tommi Korpela as the taciturn, grizzled and broodingly morose captain of a troubled container vessel, it’s strong on realism but deliberately uninvolving in terms of plot. (Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

AXEL KOENZEN was born in Hilden, in the Rhineland region of Germany, in 1972. He studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and worked as a freelance photographer and visual researcher. He studied then at the DFFB – German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Deadweight is his first featurelength film. // Films (selection): Waxandwane (1999, short), Firn (2006, short), Drang (2009, short), Deadweight (2016)

European Panorama Fiction 2017

AXEL KOENZEN

Germany / Finland 2016
DCP / color
88 minutes
OmeU / OV with engl. subtitles

Screenplay
Cinematography
Alexander Gheorghiu
Editing
Benjamin Mirguet
Sound
Markus Krohn, Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Music
Pessi Levanto
Cast
Tommi Korpela, Ema Vetean, Archie Alemania, Manuelito Acido, Frank Lammers, Loes Luca, Teun Kuilboer, Jeanne Balibar
Producers
Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter (Rohfilm, DE), Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari (Bufo, FI)

Trailer

Production

Rohfilm
Idastraße 39
04315 Leipzig, Germany
contact@rohfilm.de
www.rohfilm.de
World Sales

Rohfilm
Idastraße 39
04315 Leipzig, Germany
contact@rohfilm.de
www.rohfilm.de

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere