30.09. - 09.10.2021

Kranke Geschäfte Germany 2019 | 105 min | OV | Colour | FF 2019

Urs Egger

URS EGGER (*1955) studied film direction at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Since the end of the 1970s he has made cinema and TV films like Opera Ball (1998), Restrisiko (2011), Ein Kind wird gesucht (2017) and most recently the award-winning TV film Shillings From Heaven. In 2015, his film Der Bankraub was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG.

rated for 0 + years
For risks and side-effects: GDR citizens as unknowing guinea pigs. 1988. Armin Glaser (Florian Stetter), first lieutenant in the Stasi, lives with his family in Karl-Marx-Stadt. When his daughter (Lena Urzendowski) is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he puts all his hopes in a new treatment at the local hospital. But soon inconsistencies in the therapy occur. The ward doctor (Corinna Harfouch) also acts deviously. Armin uses his contacts via his commanding officer (Jörg Schüttauf) to get hold of information. But the closer he gets to the truth, the less he can believe it. Based on actual events, the film examines a barely noted chapter of East-West German history: to get their hands on foreign currency, for years the GDR allowed West German pharma companies to try out new medication on patients at East German hospitals without their knowledge.

Presented by:
Original title: Kranke Geschäfte
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Section: Televisions
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Urs Egger
Screenplay: Johannes Betz
Cast: Florian Stetter, Felicitas Woll, Lena Urzendowsky, Corinna Harfouch, Stephan Grossmann, Johannes Allmayer, Matthias Matschke, Amber Bongard, Jörg Schüttauf, Alexander Beyer, Nina Gummich, Sanne Schnapp, Falk Rockstroh, Sebastian Hülk und Udo Samel
Producer: Franziska An der Gassen, Christian Becker
Director of Photography: Lukas Strebel
Music: Ina Siefert
Production Design: Adela Hakova
Editor: Benjamin Hembus
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor: ZDF, Beta Film & Constantin Film
World Sales: Beta Film & Constantin Film (DACH)
Production: Rat Pack Filmproduktion in Ko-Produktion mit An der Gassen Film im Auftrag des ZDF
Contact: Sarah Mohrat, Ratpack Filmproduktion:


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