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One Minute of Darkness

Fiction, 2011

Molesch (Stefan Kurt), an asylum inmate, is convicted for sexual crimes that were never proven without any doubt. A security video shows him and the victim short before the crime, but the critical minute is lost by material fault, not reconstructable.

Giving farewell to his dead mother in a hospital, he escapes by accident through a hidden door. Like a hounded animal he moves around the area of the town Dreileben, hiding in the forest. The police, directed by superintendent Marcus Keil (Eberhard Kirchberg), hunts him like an animal. The sling around his neck gets tighter and tighter…
Project Details
Writer & Director: Christoph Hochhäusler
Producer: Bettina Brokemper
D.o.P.: Reinhold Vorschneider
Art Director & Costume: Renate Schmaderer
Editor: Stefan Stabenow

After LOW PROFILE and THE CITY BELOW, EINE MINUTE DUNKEL is the third collaboration between Christoph Hochhäusler and Heimatfilm.
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2011 (Forum)
Sydney Film Festival 2011
Locarno International Film Festival 2011
Melbourne International Film Festival 2011
Toronto International Festival 2011
The New York Film Festival 2011
BFI London Film Festival 2011
Ghent Film Festival 2011
Philadelphia Film Festival 2011
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012
San Francisco International Film Festival 2012
Transilvania International Film Festival Cluj 2012
Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad" 2012
Festival do Rio 2013
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
Adolf-Grimme-Preis 2012
German Actors Award 2012 - Best Actor in a Leading Role
German Television Award 2011 - Outstanding Achievement Fiction
Festival des deutschen Films Ludwighafen 2011 - Special Award
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2011 - Best Cinematography
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2011 - Christal Arrow (Nominated)
Romy Gala 2012 - Best Television Direction