Short Films

64 Die Versöhnung    66 Stella    67 Galaxis    67/68 Jane erschießt John, weil er sie mit Ann betrügt

80 Hast Du Lust mit mir einen Kaffee zu trinken?      84 Zwei Bilder

Feature Films
68 Detektive    69 Rote Sonne      70 Supergirl      72 Fremde Stadt      74 Made in Germany and USA
75 Tagebuch    77/78 Study of an Island      80 Berlin Chamissoplatz      82/83 Closed Circuit
86 Tarot        87 The Microscope    88 Der Philosoph      89 Sieben Frauen     91 Love at First Sight
92 Die Sonnengöttin    94 Das Geheimnis    97 Just Married    97 Tigerstreifenbaby wartet auf Tarzan
99 Paradiso, Seven Days with Seven Women        00 Venus talking        02 Red and Blue
03 Woman Driving, Man Sleeping      05 You told me, that you love me      05 Smoke Signs
06 The Visible and the Invisible      08 Pink    10 The Red Room     11 Into the Blue


Actors Adam
Rolf Silber
Hanns Zischler
Cora Frost
Adriana Altaras
Irm Herrmann
Amélie zur Mühlen
Sabine Bach
Kyana el Bitar
Guntram Brattia
Valeska Hanel
Nicolai Thome
Marquard Bohm
Joya Thome
Lucas Hoppe
Ully Loup

Crew Producer, director and sreenplay
Additional dialogues
Production manager
Director of photography
Assistenat director
Costumes assitant
Art director
Assistant art director
Sound assistant
Production assistant
Rudolf Thome
Peter Lund
David Fermer
Reinhold Vorschneider
Sülbiye V. Günar
Gioa Raspe
Maria Mentrup
Angelika Margull
Martin Keller
Axel Berger
Heino Herrenbrück
Stephan Stoyke
Leon Ilsen
Karin Nowarra
Wolfgang Böhmer
Ulrich Adomat


First screening
7. August 1999 - 10. September 1999
Kummerower See (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
and Berlin, former Russian military base near Jüterbog

International Filmfestival Berlin - Competition
February 14th, 2000
Berlinale Palast 18.00 p.m.

Synopsis   Adam Bergschmidt is in the prime of life. He has just turned sixty and his paradise is a house somewhere in the broad, flat lake district of Mecklenburg-Pommerania.
This is where Adam cultivates his vegetables, chats to the trees and waters his flowers with lake water. He relishes the fresh air of a morning and the grass beneath his bare feet. Here, he finds the solitude he needs to write his symphonies. "If I could just manage to bring together the past, present and future in one piece of music, that would be it. Then I could happily stop composing," he muses.
Thus suspended between yesterday and tomorrow, Adam decides to celebrate his sixtieth birthday among his nearest and dearest. His seven great loves - the seven most important women in his life - naturally include his young wife, Eva, but also Berenice and Lulu (an actress)to whom he was once married; then there’s Lilith and Marion (a student of literature); Jacqueline and Lucia (an opera singer). He has shared both love, friendship and sex with all of these women and still somehow feels close to them. As for these women, they look upon Adam’s life with Eva and the two children wistfully, not without a sense of nostalgia and even a little envy. "Adam", they say, "You’re living in paradise. What did you do to deserve it?"
Seven days in paradise. The members of a large family all hand over their birthday gifts - a blanket and a gold pocket watch; a book by Georg Picht and a picture; a song - and enjoy the recipient’s reactions. They sit around the breakfast table or at their evening meal; cook or wash up together or go for long walks in the countryside. Everyone gets to know one another and sound each other out, each trying to construct an image of the past and to work out how one fits in. At one point they all pile into a special bus bound for Berlin and the premiere of a new composition for tenor, trumpet and string quartet; but there are also trips to a magician and a fortune-teller. They plant poplar trees ("sixty of them, one for each year"); the children catch a snake and then a couple of mice - to feed the snake when they are back in Berlin.

A film about becoming and being, remembering and expecting. About the idea that time: "Governs our lives, from the moment of our birth until our death". And yet, does time really exist?
One week in which to shed one’s fears. Just seven days. Can’t paradise last a little longer? Not everything is solved during the hours spent out here in the country; much is merely touched upon, in looks and gestures. To discuss these things would only disturb the atmosphere and destroy the common past.

Seven days, seven lives. What begins as an Arcadian family celebration turns out to be a real ‘buddy-buddy’ film. A friendship has evolved during these few days between two men who haven’t seen each other for many years; between Adam and Billy, his son from his first marriage to Berenice. It starts with an extremely tough ‘dialogue’ between the two men while they are out walking in the woods; between the father, a successful, contented composer and the son, a political rebel and Joschka Fischer fan. Towards the end of the seven days, these two suddenly have a great deal to say to each another - which may of course have something to do with the bottle of Mouton Rothschild they have emptied. And, at the end of the film, a child is conceived, on a whim, in a quarter of an hour. A child that will bear the name Sarah.
Fritz Göttler

Synopsis (short)   No trespassing, it says at the beginning. But don’t worry, this paradise isn’t locked. The sign is only meant to keep the birthday boy from entering the room where his birthday is to be celebrated before the big day.
Successful composer Adam Bergschmidt is about to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. And he has asked the seven most important women in his life to come to his paradise, a creative hideaway beside a lake in Mecklenburg-Pommerania.
Seven women who were all, more or less, intimately associated with Adam and his life. Seven days spent walking, eating, reminiscing and talking together. All the various phases and stages of a life begin to overlap and, all at once, new experiences begin to open up. Nothing is complete, but there are no ominous new beginnings on the horizon either.

A meditative film about the passing of time. What begins as a loving family celebration of the past - albeit not without a certain element of risk - ends full of hope and with every chance of a promising future ... At the end of the film, Adam has apparently made it. Having "built a house, sired a son and planted a tree, Adam now has everything he needs."
Fritz Göttler