THE LONELINESS OF THE CROCODILES
Director: Jobst Oetzmann
Germany, 2001, 97 min
WINNER: Best Cinematography
Cast:Janek Rieke - Thomas Schmauser - Julia Jäger - Dynelle Rhodes - Rosemarie Fendel
Crew:Writing: Dirk Kurbjuweit (novel), Jobst Oetzmann - Producer: Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg - Original music: Dieter Schleip - Cinematograper: Hanno Lentz - Editor: Christel Suckow
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Günther, an intellectual son of a butcher from East Westphalia, is considered an eccentric in his village. He antagonizes his parents by taking the farmer's pigs for a walk, in order to show them something other than the butcher's bench. But is this gentle, shy crankiness enough to commit suicide? To Elias, a young journalist from Hamburg, the death of a distant cousin seems far too neat an end to a weird loner. So he travels to the village to find out more. When he attracts the attention of Heike, the prettiest woman of the village, Elias has all the local men against him and finds himself in the role of the suspicious outsider. Surprisingly he meets Mary, a zestful African American who reveals to him her love affair with Günther. They both had a dream whose fulfillment would have meant a different life for the boy. Suddenly their contact breaks off; Elias is now certain that he is about to solve a mysterious murder case.
About the director
Jobst Oetzmann studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Munich and is a director and screen writer.