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WIR WAREN KÖNIGE

THE KINGS SURRENDER
by Philipp Leinemann
Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Duration: 107'


An endless all-out war between the police and local drug cartels is raging in the streets of a nameless German metropolis. When a dangerous operation goes badly, two officers get killed. Kevin and Mendes, heads of the Special Operations Division, have no choice but to swear to avenge their colleagues’ deaths. And they will retaliate with any means necessary, within or outside the law. It’s the beginning of a furious and ruthless manhunt to find the culprit, with no respect for anything or anyone.

Biography

film director

Philipp Leinemann

Philipp Leinemann (Braunschweig, Germany, 1979) went to Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film school in Munich. He directed many short films and commercials since 2004, including two advertising campaigns for the satellite channel Sky. In 2010, he made his feature-length debut with the drama Transit, which was presented in film festivals worldwide and won an award at the Munich FilmFest. He participated as screenwriter and director in some episodes of Weis es bleibt (2007), and co-wrote the screenplay of the crime drama Denn wir sind anders with Matthias Glasner and Jürgen Vogel.

FILMOGRAFIA

Jeinseits des Lichts (cm), Julian (cm), Weis es bleibt (coregia/codirectors Johannes Disselhoff, Konstantin Ferstl, Max Fey, Boris Kunz, Philip Leinemann, Torben Liebrecht, Maia Sander, Doron Wisotzky, Peter Carpentier, 2007), Blue Moon (cm), Transit (2010), Wir waren Könige (2013).

Declaration

film director

“I’ve had the idea for the movie even before going to film school. I remember that during my internship, I would sit aside and write down the plot. I had Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America in mind since the beginning. I’ve always wanted to make a movie on adolescence, on its charm and experiences, on the togetherness of being part of a group of friends, experiencing its nostalgia and romanticism. I knew I would’ve made this film as soon as I had the opportunity.”

Cast

& Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Philipp Leinemann
fotografia/cinematography
Christian Stangassinger
montaggio/film editing
Max Fey, Jochen Retter
scenografia/production design
Petra Albert
costumi/costume design
Sonja Hesse
musica/music
Sebastian Fischer
suono/sound
Johannes Doberenz
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ronald Zehrfeld (Kevin), Misel Maticevic (Mendes), Tilman Strauß (Thorsten), Oliver Konietzny (Ioannis), Mohamed Issa (Nasim), Samia Chandrin (Nadine), Bernhard Schütz (Willmund), Thomas Thieme (Harthmann), Frederick Lau (Jacek), Hendrik Duryn (Brandes)
produttori/producers
Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm
produzione/production
Walker + Worm Film GmbH & Co. KG
contatti/contacts
Walker + Worm Film
Andrea Frischholz
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