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91 min.
Year of Production:
Andreas Lutz
Judith Engel
Ursula Lardi
Corinna Kirschhoff
Production Company:
SWR – Südwestrundfunk
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

For her first television film – a remake of Fassbinder’s Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant – director Vera wants the perfect cast. But the first day of shooting is fast approaching and the numerous casting sessions have yet to find a suitable actress to play the leading role. Although the producer and crew are getting ever more exasperated with Vera, Gerwin is happy about the extra work, as he earns his money as an audition reader, delivering the lines of dialogue to the starry candidates at the various castings. When the male lead suddenly has to back out, Gerwin thinks that this might just be his chance.
Director Nicolas Wackerbarth captures the complex essence of Fassbinder’s film and simultaneously creates a profound work of his own. Casting takes an unflinching look at the murky depths of human relationships driven by power, passion and desperation. Yet Wackerbarth also brings bitter truths to light about power relations and dependencies in the German television industry almost in passing. Casting is both intelligent and entertaining, marked by exciting turning points, humour and the breathtaking acting performances by a truly virtuoso ensemble.

BIOGRAFIE Nicolas Wackerbarth

Born in Munich in 1973. He studied acting in Munich, then direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Nicolas Wackerbarth is co-editor of the film magazine “Revolver”. As well as working as a director, writer, and actor, Nicolas Wackerbarth teaches at various art schools and at the dffb.

FILMOGRAFIE Nicolas Wackerbarth (selection)

2017 Casting  2013 Halbschatten (Everyday Objects)   2011 Unten Mitte Kinn  2007 Halbe Stunden  2006 Westernstadt  2004 Anfänger  

Interview with Nicolas Wackerbarth

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