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                       A film by Marco Kreuzpaintner
starring Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Alicja Bachleda-Curu and
               Miriam Morgenstern, With backing from




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Cast
Tobi                      Robert Stadlober
Achim                     Kostja Ullmann
Anke                      Alicja Bachleda-Curu
Georg                     Tristano Casanova
Sandra                    Miriam Morgenstern
Leo                       Marlon Kittel
Malte                     Hanno Koffler
Hansi                     Jürgen Tonkel
Susanne                   Alexa Maria Surholt
Flasche                   Jeff Fischer
Ferdl                     Joseph M'Barek




Crew
Director                  Marco Kreuzpaintner
Screenplay                Thomas Bahmann und Marco Kreuzpaintner
                          based on an idea by Marco Kreuzpaintner
Director of Photography   Daniel Gottschalk
Editor                    Hansjörg Weissbrich
Production Design         Heike Lange
Costumes                  Anke Winckler
Sound                     Florian Niederleithinger
Casting                   Simone Bär
Production Manager        Jens Oberwetter
Producers                 Uli Putz, Thomas Wöbke and Jakob Claussen
Music                     Niki Reiser
Synopsis

Tobi and Achim have been best friends for years. As cox and oarsman, they have helped their team
win several rowing cups in the past and are now looking forward to the big regatta in the countryside.
But this trip is no summer camp anymore and problems soon arise. As Achim's relationship with
Sandra grows more serious, Tobi starts to realize that his feelings for Achim run deeper than he’s
willing to admit to himself. He feels confused, unsure of himself and increasingly left out. When
Sandra’s girlfriend Anke shows interest in him, this only adds to his anxiety. Then it turns out that the
much-anticipated Berlin girls' team has been replaced by a team of athletic, cliché-busting young gay
men. Tobi and his teammates are suddenly forced to grapple with their prejudices, their fears, and,
perhaps, their hidden longings. As the tension grows, Tobi, Achim and the others head towards a
confrontation as fierce and, ultimately, liberating as the summer storm gathering over the lake.

In his second feature film that won the Audience Award at the Munich International Film Festival,
Marco Kreuzpaintner spotlights the emotional confusion of a young man at the threshold of
adulthood. Bolstering the film's authenticity is the dazzling characterization of Tobi by award-
winning young RobertStadlober.



Press Notice
Following his widely acclaimed feature-film debut GANZ UND GAR (Breaking Loose), Marco
Kreuzpaintner once again focuses on the emotional turmoil of growing up in his compellingly
authentic and sensitive new film SUMMER STORM. With his refreshingly engaging young
ensemble led by CRAZY star Robert Stadlober, Kreuzpaintner nimbly balances tragedy and comedy,
and speaks directlyto the viewer's heart. It is a film about one's first love, the quest for personal
happiness, and the discovery that we are ultimately all in the same boat.

SUMMER STORM is the first joint project of Claussen+Wöbke Filmproduktion (NACH
FÜNF IM URWALD, CRAZY, LICHTER) and X-Verleih.
INTERVIEW with Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke and Uli Putz

Where did the idea for SUMMER STORM come from?

Thomas Wöbke:

The idea came to me quite a while ago. In fact, several years ago it occurred to me that a story like this
simply didn't exist in German cinema, apart from Wolfgang Petersen's 1977 TV production
"DieKonsequenz" mit Jürgen Prochnow, which had been banned in Bavaria. I remember that my
mother had been totally upset about this back then. Several years later, when I saw the film and, in
particular, the"scandal scene" of two men kissing each other, I found this censorship totally idiotic. A
lot has changed since then, of course. But save for Heiner Carow's feature film "Coming Out," which
was produced by DEFA in the late 1980’s, no German film since then has treated the topic of "being
gay" in such a story.

Jakob Claussen:

When gays turn up in German films, they are usually drug addicts, call boys and drag queens. We
wanted to offer a different viewpoint, one that's much closer to reality and has been so for quite a
while now. All that was missing was the impulse.

Thomas Wöbke:

That impulse came when Marco Kreuzpaintner showed us a rough draft of BREAKING LOOSE
(2002) that made it clear to us that he was very talented. I had already been impressed by his short
film for the Sueddeutsche Magazin "Jetzt" (“Now”) REC – KASSETTENMÄDCHEN -
KASSETTENJUNGS, but I was even more thrilled with BREAKING LOOSE since it already had a
certain commercial appeal. When we decided that Marco would direct our film, we read lots of books
in search of subjects on which we could base our script, and in which gayness would be treated as
something normal. But practically all the books we read on this topic focused heavily on sex. What I
had in mind was something more like BEAUTIFUL THING (1996) and MY BEAUTIFUL
LAUNDERETTE (1995). But it was difficult to find such a topic. Until Marco finally said: "Then let's
just tell my story." And that's just what we did.

Jakob Claussen:

That went relatively fast. Marco began by writing an exposé. Then we found a co-author, Thomas
Bahmann, and they wrote the script together. The financing also went quite fast, with X-Verleih and
ProSieben jumping in right away.

What was it like to work with Marco Kreuzpaintner?

Thomas Wöbke:
It was great. He did his job amazingly well.


Uli Putz:
He captured the characters with great precision. To do so, he spent lots of time with each of the actors
and explained to them how he imagined their particular character.
Thomas Wöbke:
He was fantastic with the team, and everyone formed a big family from the very start. We knew
most of them anyway from previous productions.


Jakob Claussen:
Others, such as cameraman Daniel Gottschalk, had already worked with Marco in BREAKING
LOOSE. Gottschalk is a very delightful, very conciliatory person. It was good to have him around for
this quite demanding shoot...

What particular difficulties did you have to cope with?

Uli Putz:
At first, it was very hard to find locations. When we finally decided on the federal state where we
would be shooting, we then had to find an appropriate lake region – in the summer! An exclusive
shore, just for us – that was obviously going to be very hard to find, considering the nice weather.


Thomas Wöbke:
It was only at the last minute that we got permission to shoot at the Bever Dam in the Bergisches
Land. It was the last motif among the ones we had to choose from. If we hadn't gotten it, we would
have had to postpone the production for a year. But there were more problems yet: for example, we
wanted to make aerial shots to show where the different camps were located. After all, practically the
entire film takes place at the lake and around it, and people want to know where everything is. But it is
forbidden to fly over the Bever Dam. Fortunately, we were able to get a flight permit at the last minute
through the help of a farmer from whom we had rented the locations. And we were lucky, since the
sun was shining on that day, the last day of the shoot. We shot the film in late August, and since it had
been so hot for such a long time before, we suspected that it would rain on the first day of shooting.
And it did.


Jakob Claussen:
Last summer was so hot that water became scarce in the area and had to be taken from the dam. That
meant that when we arrived on the set, everything looked different than what we had expected. And
the rain that fell afterwards couldn't compensate for this.


Uli Putz:
In the evening the tents were pitched up close to the water; the next day they were ten
meters away! And from then on it rained almost every day. When we wanted to shoot the
storm scene, we really had a storm - which made it much too dangerous to shoot. We had
to schedule another day of shooting and work with wind machines and helicopters to
create an artificial storm. Which then gave us another problem with flight permits.

Thomas Wöbke:
Another problem was having to keep a grip on our 18-man-strong team of actors. Fortunately, they all
shared the same hotel during the entire six weeks at the Bever Dam. They had quite a wild time...


Jakob Claussen:
… it was like some kind of totally demented youth hostel...
Thomas Wöbke:
But the youth hostel character was very important, since that was exactly the atmosphere we
wanted to show on screen. Everyone grew much closer that way.


Uli Putz:
And since they were all at the same place all the time, we were able to react to each new situation
and change of plans must faster.


Do you think audiences will be able to identify with SUMMER STORM?

Thomas Wöbke:
I think that there are more and more young people who don't have a problem with homosexuality. And
it's no longer so that you can pin point gays in the street. The stereotypes aren't the only ones around
anymore.


Jakob Claussen:
For the individual, it's still a problem of course. It's still a challenge to deal with one's homosexuality.
But you don't have to hide it anymore today. In the course of our research, we heard incredible stories
of men who had to leave town after their first gay sexual experiences, to mention only one example.
Today, in contrast, gays are a genuine market that's just beginning to be tapped: there are gay travel
agencies, gays have been discovered by advertising, big banks have employees specially trained to
take care of gays...


Thomas Wöbke:
Yet at the same time there are still many people who feel repelled when men get intimate with each
other. In the end, however, homosexuality is not really at the center of our film.


Uli Putz:
It's about a young man who realizes that he is in love with his best friend and not with a
girl. And as such,it's a story that addresses everyone: for who, at some point in his or her
life, has not fallen in love with someone who did not return this love?



INTERVIEW with Marco Kreuzpaintner
How did the script to SUMMER STORM originate?

I was often upset by the fact that in commercial German films you were always supposed to laugh AT
gays instead of WITH them. I wanted to make a film that presents homosexuality in a way that can be
understood by a broad public – not a "niche" film about gay call boys or married men having their
coming-out. I wanted to reach out to the middle of society with an outsider theme. Independently from
one another, Thomas Wöbke and I had this same idea and we really wanted to do it together. We spent
lots of time thinking about how this coming-out could be related. We wanted an honest film about
youth, about the ambivalence and indecisiveness of those years. Not a thigh-slapping comedy or a
superficial sexfarce, but a film that is serious about youths, their emotional world, their melancholy. I
then made an exposé from which the script was written. And this exposé was my own story.
Is SUMMER STORM in a way your own personal coming-out?

Obviously Tobi's story doesn't correspond exactly to my coming-out. But there are many common
points with my own biography, which I dramatized. The characters have traits of the people I was
around with then. I was a rower then, too, but I had never been at a camp with my rowing team – only
as an altar boy. But the camping situation was also a time of uncertainty for me, especially from a
sexual point of view.You've been freed from your social context and you're out in nature spending
several days in close quarters with other people. I became fully aware of my homosexuality at the age
of 18. Since the moment I accepted it, I have never regretted it and have felt bolstered in my self-
esteem. This is a step that is very empowering.

How did the collaboration with your co-author Thomas Bahmann come about?

Claussen+Wöbke had already worked with Thomas Bahmann as a scriptwriter. When we were
looking for someone who would be pretty much on the same emotional and comedic level as me, we
thought of him. Thomas wrote the first draft of the script from my exposé, and then we wrote the other
versions together. The shooting began in mid-August; about six months elapsed between the first
exposé in January and the completion of the script. But we wanted to shoot immediately, since we
were burning to tell the story. We just knew we had to make a film about this right away.

How did the gays and heteros get along on the set?

Only one of the actors was openly gay. But obviously, sexual orientation was often a topic during our
work too. It was great to see how openly they could all relate to their own homoerotic experiences, to
things that had happened. Two or three of the actors accepted totally new aspects of themselves after
the shooting. However, to this day no one has had his coming-out through SUMMER STORM.

How did you manage to hold this "heterogeneous" group together?

It really was a challenge to make a group of the actors, to be in control of 18 actors aged 15 to 23 for
38 days! There was a real gap in the age differences as well: their experiences, their interests, what
they wanted to talk about – there were sometimes such enormous differences that tense moments were
inevitable. I felt it was important for me to be a friend to them. It would have been totally ludicrous to
come off as a "lion tamer" in this situation. Some people claim that shooting a film is war. Our
principle on the set was the rule of friendship, and I really believe that creativity is only possible in an
open and friendly atmosphere. Fear closes you up and makes you nervous.

Many of the actors had only been in front of a camera before for TV appearances and had learned to
pay attention to markings and to follow precise instructions. I had to begin by showing them that they
had to have more nerve and courage in front of the camera, that they had to be more authentic and say
what they felt in their own words. When you're directing such young people, you have a great
responsibility and should encourage them to be independent in their work too. Many are caught in a
much too narrow corset because of their own insecurity.

I think the "camp ground atmosphere" on the set helped everyone to act more authentically in front of
the camera. We were all at the same hotel and were together practically day and night. This
occasionally led to some situations where people had to let off steam, but also triggered some creative
impulses. For example, it was important for me to put together the soundtrack from the music that the
actors were listening to on the set. They all had their walkmans or MP3 players with them and were
thus able to get in the right mood. The title music we used later was a song by Nada Surf that was
constantly being played on the set. Interestingly, the scenes unfolded in a completely different way
with the music. My ideal, however, was not minimalistic or electronic music of the kind we often hear
today, but compositions that pick up and expand the scope of nature and the inner drama of the main
characters. This is what Niki Reiser excels in.
How did you proceed in the more delicate scenes?

I had been much more worried than the actors about the sex scene between Leo and Tobi. I spent a lot
of time beforehand talking about this with Robert and Marlon, and I told them that I imagined their
scene as something pure and truthful, not one of those clichéd and overly aesthetic sex scenes. I
wanted to treat sexuality seriously in its naturalness and directness. At all events, this here is a
completely harmless sexual experience, but for Tobi it is clearly an important step since it is his first
time and confirms his feelings. The actors went very far during the shooting. But we only wanted to
go to the point that was dramaturgically important to the film, and not to slide into voyeurism.


About 80% of the film was shot outdoors...

… which was very exhausting. So much happened during the shoot. Our location manager had a
serious motorcycle accident, the weather was wretched... In comparison to my other films, SUMMER
STORM was on a much higher level from a technical point of view and from that of directing the
actors. BREAKING LOOSE was a beautiful, human story, but it took place in limited parameters. The
motifs were easy to keep track of, and there were only a few actors. SUMMER STORM is much more
epic –just think of the big storm scene and the gigantic wind and lightning machines we needed on the
set. It was also physically and emotionally very hard on the actors and on myself as well. And since it
was my own story, I often had to be forceful and uncompromising in order to get my way. We shot an
enormous amount of material, sometimes working with our 35mm camera the way others use DV –
we'd just let the cameras roll.

Fortunately, thanks to Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke and Uli Putz, I had producers who are the best
thing that can happen to a director in this country, and who never put me under pressure. They gave
me all the space I needed as director. And when there were problems, they were there to support me.
They see themselves as being on an equal level with the director, as his partners.

Finally, in spite of my limited experiences, I can say that this was the most grueling shoot I've ever
had. And for many who took part in it, the shoot was indeed a "summer storm" as far as their personal
development is concerned!
In Front of the Camera

ROBERT STADLOBER as Tobi
Robert Stadlober was born in 1982 in the Austrian province of Styria and took his first steps in show
business at the age of eleven. He began behind the camera, however, supplying the dubbing voice of
Eammon Ewans in Neil Jordan's THE BUTCHER BOY (1997), for instance. He starred in his first TV
productions two years later, "Ausweglos" and "Nach uns die Sintflut," thus paving the way for a
successful acting career. Among his most impressive performances on television was his lead role as
the murderous youth in the "Mörderkind" episode of POLIZEIRUF 110 (1998) directed by Matti
Geschonneck. In 1998 Stadlober added Leander Haussmann's hit comedy SONNENALLEE to his
credits and in 2000 in Hans-Christian Schmid's CRAZY – roles that propelled him to the front ranks
of young German actors and that won him, along with Tom Schilling, the Bavarian Film Prize for best
up-and-coming young actor in 2000. In 2001 Stadlober starred alongside Jana Pallaske in Vanessa
Jopp's young-adult drama ENGEL & JOE.This role won him the best lead actor award at the Montreal
World Film Festival. The actor also appeared in a number of short films, such as Carlos Dessbesell-
Schüler's "Klaustrophobie" and Thomas Schwendemann's "Felix Ende." Last year he starred opposite
Otto Sander in Goran Rebic's DONAU (2003). Also completed in 2003 was the historical feature film
UN GESTO DI CORAGGIO, which he shot in Italy with Tobias Moretti. After the highly successful
premiere of the stage adaptation of Danny Boyle's cult film "Trainspotting" in a production by Nils
Daniel Finck at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Stadlober began rehearsals for "Romeo
and Juliet," also at the same theater. In 2003 Stadlober was seen alongside Tom Schilling and Jessica
Schwarz in Benjamin Quabeck'sVERSCHWENDE DEINE JUGEND. In addition to his acting career,
Stadlober is also a songwriter, guitarist and singer in the indie rock band "Gary," whose first album
was released in 2002.

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)                                Marco Kreuzpaintner
Donau, Duna, Dunaj, Dunav, Dunarea (2003)          Goran Rebic
Play It Loud (2003)                                Benjamin Quabeck
Sophiiiie! (2002)                                  Michael Hofmann
Blackberry (2002)                                  Oliver Rihs
Engel & Joe (2001)                                 Vanessa Jopp
Heidi (2001)                                       Markus Imboden
Duell - Enemy at the Gates (2001)                  Jean-Jaques Annaud
Boilers Garten (2000, TV)                          Anna Justice
Liebst du mich (2000, TV)                          Gabriela Zerhau
Crazy (2000)                                       Hans-Christian Schmid
Bella Block - Abschied im Licht (2000, TV)         Christian von Castelberg
Sun Alley (2000)                                   Leander Haußmann
Die Todesgrippe von Köln (1999, TV)                Christiane Balthasar
Scene of the Crime: Light and Shade (1999, TV)     Wolfgang Panzer
Polizeiruf 110 - Mörderkind (1999, TV)             Matti Geschonneck
Kai Rabe vs. the Vatican Killers (1998)            Thomas Jahn
Corinna Pabst - Fünf Kinder brauchen eine          Georg Schiemann
Mutter (1997, TV)
Nach uns die Sintflut (1996, TV)                   Sigi Rothemund
Ausweglos (1995, TV)                               Sigi Rothemund
KOSTJA ULLMANN as Achim
Kostja Ullmann was born in 1984 and lives in Hamburg. He began his stage career at the age of
eleven at the Ernst Deutsch Theater in Hamburg, the Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus a.o. In 1996 he
took on a role in "Alphateam" under the direction of Norbert Schulze Jr., and also starred in Oleg
Skworzow's short film "Das Rennen." After a number of appearances in episodes of various TV series,
he was given a recurring role in "Zwei Männer am Herd" in 1999/2000, after which he appeared in
Till Endemann's short film"Strandnähe" (1999) and Johannes Fabrick's "Albtraum einer Ehe" (2000).
The following year he was cast in "Stahlnetz – Das gläserne Paradies," an episode of
"Grossstadtrevier," and in "Das Duo – Tod am Strand." In 2002 he was seen in an episode of "Stubbe
– Von Fall zu Fall: Das vierte Gebot," Peter Timm's "Familie XXL" and "SOKO Leipzig." Among
Ullmann's TV productions of 2003 are "DerElefant – Mord verjährt nie," the Tatort episode "Alte
Rechnungen" and "Mein Weg zu dir heisst Liebe." In 2004 he appeared in the short film "Schwarze
Erdbeeren" and made his feature film debut in Summer Storm.

Filmography:
Summer Storm (2004)                                      Marco Kreuzpaintner
Schwarze Erdbeeren (2004, Short)                         Nikias Chryssos
Mein Weg zu dir heißt Liebe (2004, TV)                   Thomas Berger
Stubbe - Von Fall zu Fall: Das vierte Gebot (2002, TV)   Stephan Meyer
Familie XXL (2002, TV)                                   Peter Timm
Das Duo - Tod am Strand (2002, TV)                       René Heisig
Stahlnetz - Das gläserne Paradies (2001, TV)             René Heisig
Albtraum einer Ehe (2001, TV)                            Johannes Fabrick
Zwei Männer am Herd" (1999 - 2000, TV Series)            Various
Strandnähe (1999, Short)                                 Till Endemann
König auf Mallorca (1998, TV                             Krystian Martinek




ALICJA BACHLEDA-CURU as Anke
Alicija Bachleda-Curu was born in Tampico, Mexico, in 1983. She has long been a star in her native
Poland and regularly graces the title pages of Polish lifestyle magazines. In addition to her acting
career, she is also a successful singer who released an album, "Klimat," (Universal Music Poland) in
2002. She has won numerous awards at music festivals and has also starred in a number of stage
productions. Bachleda-Curu made her first appearance in a foreign feature film alongside Tom
Schilling in Michael Gutmann's HERZ IM KOPF (2002), which was also produced by
Claussen+Wöbke Filmproduktion. She also played one of the lead roles in Andrzej Wajda's epic PAN
TADEUSZ (1998), which drew about six million viewers to theaters, making it one of the most
successful Polish films ever. Bachleda-Curus' other TV productions include Mikolaj Grabowski's
"The Phantom Man-Animal," P. Komorowski's series"Sisyphean Labours" and "For Better or Worse"
by Teresa Kotlarczyk and Maciej Dejczer. Jerzy Wojcik also cast her in his Polish film WROTA
EUROPY (1999).

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)                                      Marco Kreuzpaintner
The Blood of the Templars (2004, TV)                     Florian Baxmeyer
Heart Over Head (2001)                                     Michael Gutmann
Syzyfowe prace (2000)                                      Pawel Komorowski
The Gateway of Europe (1999)                               Jerzy Wójcik
Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)            Andrzej Wajda



MIRIAM MORGENSTERN as Sandra
Miriam Morgenstern was born near Wasserburg in 1987 and lives outside of Munich. The 17-year-old
is an outstanding sportswoman who came in third in the German championships for hip-hop video clip
dancing. She has starred in several TV movies and series since 2001, including "Das Duo – Tod am
Strand" and "Family Affairs." In 2003 she took on a lead role in an episode of "Medicopter 117"
directed by Thomas Nikel. She also appeared in Markus Imboden's TV movie "Der Fall Gehring." She
shot new installments of Gloria Behrens' TV cycle "Das Traumhotel" alongside Ruth-
MariaKubitschek and Christian Kohlund. After the second installment, which was shot in Thailand in
late 2003, she went on to further episodes in Bali and Mexico. Her role as Sandra in SUMMER
STORM is her first in a feature film.



Filmography:
Summer Storm (2004)                                             Marco Kreuzpaintner
Der Fall Gehring (2003, TV)                                     Markus Imboden
Medicopter 117 (2003, TV Series, single episode)                Thomas Nikel
Das Duo - Tod am Strand (2002, TV)                              René Heisig


MARLON KITTEL As Leo
Marlon Kittel lives in Essen, where he was born in 1983, and has been a professional pianist for over
twelve years now. Thanks to his love for athletics, he began a film and television career as a stunt man
and starred in the RTL series "Der Clown," where he was discovered by a casting agent. This led to a
number of smaller roles in TV movies and in the feature film ANNA WUNDER (2000) before his
lead role that same year in two short films, Patrick Tauss's "Rillenfieber" and Jan Hendrik Krüger's
"Freunde / TheWhiz Kids," which won the Silver Lion as best short film in Venice in 2001. The
following year Marlon Kittel headed the ensemble of a feature film for the first time in Torsten Löhn's
PAULE UND JULIA (2002). He also starred as percussionist of the band "Apollo Schwabing" in
Benjamin Quabeck'sVERSCHWENDE DEINE JUGEND (2003). Kittel was also seen in the short
film "Schwarzfahrt."

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)                                  Marco Kreuzpaintner
Play it Loud (2003)                                  Benjamin Quabeck
Paule and Julia (2002)                               Torsten Löhn
The Whiz Kids (2001)                                 Jan Hendrik Krüger
Die Sitte (2001, TV)                                 Jorgo Papavassiliou
Anna Wunder (2000)                                   Ulla Wagner
Boilers Garten (2000, TV)                            Anna Justice
Rillenfieber (2000, Short)                           Patrick Tauss
JÜRGEN TONKEL as Hansi
Born in 1962, Jürgen Tonkel lives in Munich and studied acting from 1984 to 1988 with John
Costopoulos at the New York Actors Studio. He has appeared on stage at several theaters, including
Munich's Prinzregententheater, Metropol Theater and Volkstheater. On screen, he has starred in the
feature films UND KEINER WEINT MIR NACH (1995) by Joseph Vilsmair, Friedemann Fromm's
ZUMSTERBEN SCHÖN (1998) and Carl Schenkel's FEINDLICHE
ÜBERNAHME_ALTHAN.COM (2001). In 2000 he also took on a role in Friedemann Fromm's TV
movie "Brennendes Schweigen" and in Marcus M. Rosenmüller's feature film HOTEL DEEPA. He
was also cast in Franz-Xaver Bogner's TV series"Café Meineid" and in Hans Erich Viet's TV movie
"Traumfrau mit Verspätung" in 2002. That same year he shot the feature film FICKENDE FISCHE,
directed by Almut Getto, the series "Der Bulle von Tölz" and "Zwei Profis und das schweigsame
Dorf." More recently, he was cast as the police inspector in theARD detective series "Die Männer von
K3" and "K3 – Kripo Hamburg." In fall 2003, Tonkel also starredin DER UNTERGANG, Oliver
Hirschbiegel's new film about Hitler's last days.

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)                                                   Marco Kreuzpaintner
The Downfall - Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (2005)           Oliver Hirschbiegel
Unter Verdacht - Gipfelstürmer (2004, TV)                             Friedemann Fromm
Die Verbrechen des Professor Capellari: Ein Toter kehrt zurück,       Dirk Regel
(2004, TV)
K3 - Kripo Hamburg - Auf dünnem Eis (2003, TV)                        Friedemann Fromm
Der Bulle von Tölz - Malen mit Vincent (2002, TV)                     Nikolaus Levtner
Zweikampf (2002,TV)                                                   Gert Steinheimer
Der Tod ist kein Beweis (2002, TV)                                    Dagmar Hirtz
Die Männer vom K3 - Freier Fall (2002, TV)                            Miko Zeuschner
Do Fish Do It? (2002)                                                 Almut Getto
I Hired a Contract Killer (2001, TV)                                  Gil Mehmert
Traumfrau mit Verspätung (2001, TV)                                   Hans-Erich Viet
Es muss Liebe sein (2001, TV)                                         Felix Dunnemann

Die Verbrechen des Professor Capellari: Zerbrechliche Beweise         Christian Gorlitz
(2001, TV)
Feindliche Übernahme - althan.com (2001)                              Carl Schenkel
Geier im Reisrand (2000, TV)                                          Paul Harather
Nicht mit uns (2000, TV)                                              Bernd Rischerauer
Brennendes Schweigen (2000, TV)                                       Friedemann Fromm
Double Pack (2000)                                                    Matthias Lehmann
Tatort - Von Bullen und Bären (2000, TV)                              Thomas Freundner
Einmal leben (1999, TV)                                               Franz Zaver Bogner
Die Hohe Kunst des Seitensprungs (1999, TV)                           Martin Gies
Midsommar Stories (1999, segment "Sabotage")                          various
Zum Sterben schön (1999, TV)                                          Friedemann Fromm
An Impossible Marriage (1996, TV)                                     Horst Johann Sczerba
Und keiner weint mir nach (1995)                                      Joseph Vilsmair
HANNO KOFFLER as Malte
Born in 1980, Hanno Koffler made his feature-film debut in 2003 in the Claussen+Wöbke production
ANATOMIE 2. After graduating from secondary school, he starred as a freelance actor in various
stage productions of the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch, in Pia Marais' short film
"Family" and in Marco Kreuzpaintner's short film "REC – KASSETTENMÄDCHEN -
KASSETTENJUNGS, a film project of the Süddeutsche Zeitung's "Jetzt" magazine. He recently
starred in Kreuzpaintner's debut feature BREAKING LOOSE (2002). Koffler's band "Kerosin,"
founded in 1994, can also be heard in this production. He and his band won the first prize at the
Emergenza Music Festival in Berlin, Europe's biggest band competition, and came in second on the
European level. To record new songs with his band after their first German tour, he locked himself
and his band partners in a rehearsal studio until spring 2003.

Filmography:
Summer Storm (2004)                              Marco Kreuzpaintner
Gestrandet (2003)                                Horst Johann Sczerba
Anatomy 2 (2003)                                 Stefan Ruzowitzky
Breaking Loose (2003)                            Marco Kreuzpaintner
Die Dickköpfe (2002, TV)                         Walter Bannert


TRISTANO CASANOVA as Georg
Tristano Casanova was born in Munich in 1983. He has appeared in many TV commercials and
starred in more than a dozen TV movies and series, including "Die Stimmen," "Polizeiruf 110,"
"Himmel undHölle," "Aus heiterem Himmel," "Hot House" and "Bei aller Liebe." He was also cast in
the 1996 feature film AUSFLUG IN DEN SCHNEE. He has lent his voice as dubbing speaker to
characters in the U.S.blockbusters TOY STORY (1995) and SPIDER MAN (2002).

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)                                Marco Kreuzpaintner
Stärker als der Tod (2004, TV)                     Nikolaus Leytner
Die Stimmen (2003, TV)                             Rainer Matsutani
Verlorenes Land (2002, TV)                         Jo Baier
Der Bulle von Tölz - Zirkusluft (2002, TV)         Werner Masten
Jenny & Co. (2001, TV Series)                      various
Zwei Brüder - Farbe der Nacht (2001, TV)           Petra Haffter
Die Nacht der Engel (2000, TV)                     Michael Rowitz
Der Runner (2000, TV)                              Michael Rowitz
A Trip to Snow (1996)                              Sibylle Tafel

ALEXA MARIA SURHOLT as Susanne
Alexa Maria Surholt was born in Erlangen in 1968 and studied acting at the renowned Maria Körber
Schule in Berlin. She made her TV debut during this period in the series "Zwei Müncher in
Hamburg"under the direction of Celino Bleiweiss. She has starred in various TV productions since
1992, including the series "Polizeiruf 110" and the thriller "Der Sandmann." She achieved widespread
popularity in the ARD series "In aller Freundschaft," in which she has been playing the role of Sarah
Marquardt since 1998. She has also long been a stage actress, and can currently be seen in the play
"Traumfrau Mutter" directed by Ingolf Lück, which was a huge success last year in Berlin and
Munich. She took on her first feature-film role in Marco Kreuzpaintner's debut film BREAKING
LOOSE (2001). Alexa Maria Surholt lives with her husband and son in Berlin.

Filmography:
Summer Storm (2004)                                   Marco Kreuzpaintner
Breaking Loose (2003)                                 Marco Kreuzpaintner
Polizeiruf 110 - Jugendwahn (2001, TV)                Bodo Fürneisen
In aller Freundschaft" (1998, TV Series)              various
Der Sandmann (1995, TV)                               Nico Hofmann



Behind the Camera


MARCO KREUZPAINTNER Director / Scriptwriter
Born in Rosenheim in 1977, Marco Kreuzpaintner first came to the public's attention through his 12-
minute short "Entering Reality." With August Diehl and August Zirner, he recruited a prominent cast
for this short, which ran successfully at many festivals. Kreuzpaintner worked with Diehl two years
later in another short, "Der Atemkünstler," which was nominated for the young German talent award
"First Steps" in 2001.

The previous year, Kreuzpaintner and Oli Weiss founded the production company "Die
Filmmanufaktur." Next to his art history studies, Kreuzpaintner gathered experience in various fields
of the film and advertising industries as well as in music video production.

In 1999 Kreuzpaintner served as dubbing assistant for Stanley Kubrick's last film EYES WIDE SHUT
and shot a film spot for the Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2000. The following year he shot the pilot for
REC –KASSETTENMÄDCHEN - KASSETTENJUNGS for "Jetzt Film," a TV production that arose
in connection with the former youth magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He also worked as
personal assistant to Edgar Reitz from 1998 to 2001 and thus helped prepare the production of
"Heimat 3."

In June 2003 Marco Kreuzpaintner made his big-screen debut with BREAKING LOOSE (GANZ
UNDGAR). SUMMER STORM is his second feature film and his first collaboration with
Claussen+WöbkeFilmproduktion.

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)
Breaking Loose (2003)
Der Atemkünstler (2000, Short)
Entering Reality (1998, Short)
THOMAS BAHMANN Scriptwriter
Thomas Bahmann was born in Munich in 1962 and studied at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen
(HFF) from 1987 to 1991. Since 1991 he has been working as an independent scriptwriter and
director. Among his films are the short "Drachensteigen" (1988), the music video "Seoul 88" (1988),
the shorts"Humpf im Grünen" (1989) and "Halt's Maul" (1989, with co-director Anna Oeller), his
graduation film DER GUTE KURT (1991), the TV movie "Kleiner König Erich" (1993), the TV
movie "Coming In"(1997) and SÜDSEE, EIGENE INSEL (1998). Bahmann's script to SÜDSEE,
EIGENE INSEL was filmed anew in Spain by director Marcello Cesena in 2001. As an actor,
Bahmann starred in "Zulu – undwas sonst so noch passierte" on television and DAS MÄDCHEN MIT
DEN FEUERZEUGEN (both 1987) on the big screen.

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004) Marco Kreuzpaintner
Our Island in the Pacific (1998, as Director and Screenwriter)
Coming In (1997, TV, as Director and Screenwriter)
Kleiner König Ehrich (1993, TV, as Director and Screenwriter)
Der gute Kurt (1991, as Director and Screenwriter)
Das Mädchen mit den Feuerzeugen (1987, as Actor) Ralf Huettner

DANIEL GOTTSCHALK Cinematographer
Daniel Gottschalk began his career chiefly as cameraman for short-film projects which, since 1995,
include "In der Zeit" and "Nachtfalter." In 2001 he worked with Marco Kreuzpaintner for the first
time filming the pilot of REC – KASSETTENMÄDCHEN - KASSETTENJUNGS. Kreuzpaintner's
big-screen debut BREAKING LOOSE (2003) was also Gottschalk's feature-film debut. In addition to
short films, Gottschalk has worked on a number of promotional films for companies such as
McDonald's, Langnese,Karstadt InScene and Nike. Moreover, he is also a sought-after cameraman for
video productions of many German and international bands such as Natural Born Hippies, Rammstein,
H-BlockX, Die Fantastischen Vier and Freundeskreis, some of which he shot with director Zoran
Bihac.

Filmography:
Summer Storm (2004)                                   Marco Kreuzpaintner
Breaking Loose (2003)                                 Marco Kreuzpaintner


HANSJÖRG WEISSBRICH
Editor
Hansjörg Weissbrich has worked with producers Claussen+Wöbke on the Hans Christian Schmid
films CRAZY (2000), 23 (1998), NACH FÜNF IM URWALD (1995) and LICHTER (2003), as well
as on WAS TUN, WENN'S BRENNT (2001). Among his more recent feature films are
SOLOALBUM (2003) and BIBI BLOCKSBERG (2002). For LICHTER he won the editing award in
2003 and the prize of the German Film Critics for best film editing in 2004. He won the German
Camera Prize for his editing skills on WAS TUN, WENN'S BRENNT in 2002 and, two years earlier,
the German TV Award for his editorial work on Vivian Naefe's "Frauen lügen besser." Weissbrich
studied music, French literature, theater, film and television before turning to film editing. After many
assistantships (including DERBEWEGTE MANN, 1994), he quickly established his reputation as an
innovative editor with NACHFÜNF IM URWALD and Sharon von Wietersheim's WORKAHOLIC
(1996). These productions were followed by the theatrical comedies 2 MÄNNER, 2 FRAUEN – 4
PROBLEME (1997) by Vivian Naefe,WEIHNACHTSFIEBER (1997) by Paul Harather, SÜDSEE,
EIGENE INSEL (1998) by Thomas Bahmann, Vivian Naefe's TV two-parter "Eine ungehorsame
Frau" and the TV movie "Einer geht noch." He also edited Florian Gallenberger's QUIERO SER –
GESTOHLENE TRÄUME (2000) which won an Oscar in 2001.

Filmography:

Summer Storm (2004)                                   Marco Kreuzpaintner
Shadows of Time (2004)                                Florian Gallenberger
Gate to Heaven (2003)                                 Veit Helmer
Distant Lights (2003)                                 Hans-Christian Schmid
Soloalbum (2002)                                      Gregor Schnitzler
Bibi Blocksberg (2002)                                Hermine Huntgeburth
A Goddamn Job (2001)                                  Thorsten Wettcke
What to do in case of fire? (2001)                    Gregor Schnitzler
Crazy (2000)                                          Hans-Christian Schmid
Quiero Ser (2000, Short)                              Florian Gallenberger
Our Island in the South Pacific (1999)                Thomas Bahmann
23 (1998)                                             Hans-Christian Schmid
Four For Venice (1997)                                Vivian Naefe
It's A Jungle Out There (1995)                        Hans-Christian Schmid
Workaholic (1996)                                     Sharon von Wietersheim


NIKI REISER Music
Swiss-born Niki Reiser studied flute and composition next to his major in film music in Boston from
1980 to 1984. He then continued his studies at the Conservatory in Basel. While still a student, he
began writing music for experimental films before dedicating himself to his career as jazz flutist (in
his own band "Cocodrillo") and klezmer flutist. In 1986 he met director Dani Levy, which marked the
beginning of a long-standing and cordial working relationship. Reiser won the German Film Prize for
JENSEITSDER STILLE (1996) in 1997 and the Bavarian Film Prize for JENSEITS DER STILLE
and STILLENACHT (1996). In 1999 he was awarded the German Film Prize for PÜNKTCHEN UND
ANTON (1998) and MESCHUGGE (1997), and won the Locarno film prize for KALT IST DER
ABENDHAUCH (2000) in 2001. The following year he was honored with another German Film Prize
for best music in NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA (2001). Next to his work as a composer, Niki Reiser has
always remained active as a performing artist. He toured through Europe with Cocodrillo and the
klezmer band "Kol Simcha" in 1990. In 1997 Kol Simcha, which has released four CDs to date,
performed at New York's Carnegie Hall. Reiser, who lives in Switzerland, has also written the
incidental music to two productionsof the Frankfurt Schauspielhaus ("Die Mörder der jüdischen
Prinzessinnen" and "Des Teufels General").

Filmography:
Summer Storm (2004)                                Marco Kreuzpaintner
The Flying Classroom (2003)                        Tomy Wigand
I'm the Father (2002)                              Dani Levy
Nowhere in Africa (2003)                           Caroline Link
Heidi (2001)                                       Marcus Imboden
Cold Is the Breath of Evening (2000)               Rainer Kaufmann
Undertaker's Paradise (2000)                       MX Oberg
The Secret (1999)                                  Dani Levy
Annaluise & Anton (1999)                           Caroline Link
The Giraffe (1998)                                 Dani Levy
The Trio (1998)                                    Hermine Huntgeburth
In the Name of Innocence (1997)                    Andreas Kleinert
Beyond Silence (1996)                              Caroline Link
Surprise! (1995)                                   Veit Helmer
Silent Night (1995)                                Dani Levy
Nobody Loves Me (1995)                             Doris Dörrie
Wilder Hunger (1994)                               Hercli Bundi
I Was on Mars (1992)                               Dani Levy
RobbyKallePaul (1989)                              Dani Levy

CLAUSSEN+WÖBKE
FILMPRODUKTION Producers
Jakob Claussen and Thomas Wöbke founded the Claussen+Wöbke Filmproduktion GmbH in Munich
in 1992. Among the first films they produced were EINER MEINER ÄLTESTEN FREUNDE (1994),
the science-fiction comedy by Klaus Knoesel and Holger Neuhäuser THE HIGH CRUSADE (1994),
which was co-produced by Roland Emmerich, and Caroline Link's multiple award-winning and Oscar-
nominated drama JENSEITS DER STILLE (1996), co-produced with Munich's Roxy Film.
Claussen+Wöbke then produced director Hans-Christian Schmid's NACH FÜNF IM URWALD
(1995) along with Schmid's 23 (1998) and CRAZY (2000), which were co-written by Michael
Gutmann and which won them the German Film Prize in Silver in 2001. The latest Schmid-Gutmann
project was LICHTER (2003). Also with Michael Gutmann, Claussen+Wöbke have produced the TV
movie "Nur für eine Nacht" and the feature film HERZ IM KOPF (2001) with Tom Schilling in the
lead role.

Among the team's other TV productions are Kathrin Richter's "Mutproben," as well as "Ganz unten,
ganzoben" and "Comeback für Freddy Baker" directed by Matti Geschonneck. Claussen+Wöbke also
produced Rainer Kaufmann's crime thriller DIE APOTHEKERIN for Senator Film in 1997. Three
years later, they took on Stefan Ruzowitzky's horror thriller ANATOMIE (2000), which they co-
produced with Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion. With over two million viewers, it was the
most successful German theatrical film of the year 2000. Their first foreign project was M.X. Oberg's
EINTODSICHERES GESCHÄFT (1999), which was shot in Great Britain.

Also co-produced with Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion were Gregor Schnitzler's WAS
TUN,WENN'S BRENNT? (2001) and Stefan Ruzowitzky's sequel to his hit horror thriller
ANATOMIE 2 (2003). In July 2003 Claussen+Wöbke released Benjamin Quabeck's
VERSCHWENDE DEINEJUGEND with Tom Schilling, Robert Stadlober and Jessica Schwarz in the
lead roles, and LICHTER, Hans-Christian Schmid's most recent prize-winning film. Uli Putz joined
the team as managing director and producer in early 2004.

				
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