Director and scriptwriter of "The Lives of Others" (2006), a global box-office, and winner of an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck will film in Poland his epic psychological thriller depicting three periods from German history.
A young artist, Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling), escapes to West Germany. However, he is still haunted by experiences from his childhood and early adolescence, a period which coincided with the Nazi rule and the regime of East Germany. When he meets university student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has just met the love of his life; he starts painting images which reflect not only his personal experiences but also the trauma of the entire generation. The main roles are portrayed by: Tom Schilling ("Oh Boy"), Paula Beer ("Frantz"), Sebastian Koch ("The Lives of Others"), Saskia Rosendahl ("Lore") and Ina Weisse. The director of photography is Caleb Deschanel ("The Patriot", "The Passion of Christ"), a five-time nominee for the Academy Awards.
The film crew spent the summer on the set in Germany – in Berlin, Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia; now they move to Lower Silesia, to the Wałbrzych area, which will stand in for Dresden. The service in Poland is provided by Tempus Film, a company with almost 20 years of experience, which specializes in historical productions often realized for German TV stations such as ZDF or ARTE. Jacek Gaczkowski and Piotr Strzelecki are responsible for production service. Production design in Poland is prepared by Marek Warszewski ("Nude Area", "Karbala", "Powidoki"). The Polish part of the crew consists of about 50 people; there will also be about 80 Polish extras on the set.
"Werk Ohne Autor" is a Pergamon Film and Wiedemann & Berg Film production. The producers are Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Max Wiedemann. As in "The Lives of Others," the co-producers are ARD Degeto and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Responsible for the distribution in Germany is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany. The film is produced in co-operation with Beta Cinema, which is responsible for film's world sales.
"Werk Ohne Author" is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, FFF Bayern, Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, and MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.
WWerk Ohne Autor" - the first image released, photo: Beta Cinema