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The Air to Breathe

OT: Die Luft zum Atmen

Jophi Ries // Germany, 2021
Fiction Feature // FF2021



The adaptation for cinema of the eponymous novel by Miriam Maertens about her struggle for a life lived in dignity and self-determination. Miriam Maertens comes from a well-known family of actors in Hamburg. When as a young girl she falls ill with cystic fibrosis, an arduous struggle with the disease begins which she keeps to herself. Despite physical and mental crises, she masters her double life, fulfils her professional desires and falls in love. When Miriam gets pregnant, those around her are shocked: how will she face this challenge? Then her lungs malfunction. A race against time begins to find a suitable donor.



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JOPHI RIES (*1959) has been a freelance actor since the 1980s, appearing in cinema and numerous TV films and series. Since 2015, he has also directed films, including Ein Sommer auf Lanzarote and Ein Moment für’s Leben.


Die Luft zum Atmen

Fiction Feature





89 min


Jophi Ries

Angelika Schwarzhuber, Christian Lex, basierend auf dem Buch „Verschieben wir es auf morgen“ von Miriam Maertens

Eva Meckbach, Cloé Heinrich, Janna Striebeck, Michael Wittenborn, Miriam Maertens, Peter Lohmeyer, Marc Benjamin, Anna Herrmann, Thomas Niehaus, Sebastian Zimmler, Stephan Szász, Paul Ahrens u.v.a.

Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Lydia-Maria Emrich

Peter Joachim Krause

Maj-Linn Preiß

Sanjeev Hathiramani, Lucas Seeberger

Hinrich Dageför, Stefan Wulff

Iris Trescher-Lorenz

Katrin Aschendorf

Rebecca Gerling

Daniel Blum (ZDF), Olaf Grunert (ZDF/ARTE)

Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion Hamburg für ZDF/ARTE


Laura Christoph, Network Movie Film - und Fernsehproduktion GmbH: christoph.l@networkmovie.de


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