23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

STRÄHL (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Switzerland - 83 Minutes

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DIRECTOR: Manuel Flurin Hendry
CAST: Roeland Wiesnekker, Johanna Bantzer, Nderim Hajrullahu, Manuel Löwensberg, Mike Müller, Max Rüdlinger

Zurich drug agent Herbert Strähl dreams of making a big catch. Yet the only fish he manages to catch is the piranha in the aquarium tank he has at home. He laboriously persists in grappling with small-time dealers and fixers while being left in the lurch again and again by his colleagues Ruedi, Dani and Marco. Strähl hides his loneliness and his yearning for love behind fits of rage, amphetamines and shouting fits until his choleric temperament finally becomes his undoing: as he’s conducting a house search, a fixer jumps out of the window. Strähl is suspended. And that’s just the start of his problems. Suddenly Strähl finds himself at the mercy of two fixers: the soccer fanatic René and his girlfriend Carol could exonerate him with their testimony. Strähl’s attempts to persuade them fail in face of Carol’s stubbornness. In desperation, he ends up raiding the small-time dealer Beko and stealing from his stash of heroin to get René and Carol to relent. This sets off a chain of events that brings the big catch within reach… Manuel Flurin Hendry was born in Zurich in 1973. After assistant work in theater and film, he began studies in film direction in 1994, first at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, and then at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb). Alongside his work as a director, he also serves as an editor for film and television productions in Germany and Switzerland. He has lived in Berlin since 1995. Al Milgrom

PRODUCER: Susann Rüdlinger & Samir
SCREENWRITER: Michael Sauter, David Keller
EDITOR: Markus Welter
MUSIC: Michael „Air Afrique" Sauter
PRINT SOURCE: DV Filmproduktion

Wednesday, April 06 9:40pm Riverview Theater
Saturday, April 16 1pm Crown Theaters Block E