Under the Pear Tree
OT: Unterm Birnbaum
Uli Edel // Germany, 2019
Fiction Feature // FF2019
To mark the 200th anniversary of Fontane’s birth, the film revisits his famous novella as a psychological study of a village community. Abel and Ursel Hradschek (Fritz Karl and Julia Koschitz) have a country hotel in Oderbruch in the state of Brandenburg. Business is bad, the hotel has debts and the Hradscheks are living beyond their means. The pressure increases when a creditor announces that he is no longer willing to wait for his money and will come and visit them. When Hradschek discovers the skeleton of a World War II soldier under a pear tree, he hatches a perfidious plan. With the help of his wife, he arranges the “perfect murder” of his creditor. And indeed, no-one seems to suspect anything, not even the village policeman (Devid Striesow), who fancies Ursel. Then she starts having terrible nightmares. And Abel has underestimated the inquisitiveness of their neighbour Jeschke (Katharina Thalbach).
DirectorULI EDEL (*1947) studied at the HFF in Munich and had a major hit with his debut film Christiane F. Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981). He then made more films for TV and cinema, including Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Julius Caesar (2002), The Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008) and the mini-series Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga (2013).
Léonie Breinersdorfer, frei nach der gleichnamigen Novelle von Theodor Fontane
Julia Koschitz, Fritz Karl, Katharina Thalbach, Devid Striesow, Nellie Thalbach, Peter Prager, Stephan Grossman, Peter Schneider, Boris Aljinovic, Hilmar Eichhorn
Jan-Richard Schuster, Michael Luda
Günther van Endert (ZDF), Petra Tilger (ZDF), Olaf Grunert (arte), Andreas Schreitmüller (arte)
Mecom Fiction GmbH für ZDF
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