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In this frankly bizarre fantasy story based on a novel by Austrian writer Robert Schneider, Elias Johannes Alder (Andre Eisermann) is born into a filthy, poverty-stricken village in the alps; his mother doesn't much care for him, and he later discovers he's the bastard son of the town's clergyman. As his mother is giving birth to his sister Elsbeth, Elias has an epiphany that causes his hearing to become unusually keen and his eyes to change color. He suddenly develops a tremendous talent for music, quickly mastering the church organ and performing and writing music with remarkable skill and passion. Once Elsbeth grows to maturity, Elias becomes obsessed with his sister and longs to be her lover; however, she breaks his heart by instead marrying Peter (Ben Becker), an old friend who is deeply moved by Elias' music. Driven to despair, Elias decides to commit suicide, but in a truly novel manner -- by giving up sleep. Director Joseph Vilsmaier also served as cinematographer; Schneider wrote the screenplay from his own novel. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

André Eisermann
as Elias Alder
Joseph Vilsmaier
Dana Vávrová
as Elsbeth
Ben Becker
as Peter
Angelika Bartsch
as Burga
Michael Mendl
as Nulf
Eva Mattes
as Nulfin
Conradin Blum
as Elias as Child
Heinz Emigholz
Peter Franke
as Seff
Herbert Knaup
Daniel Lins
as Peter as Child
Ingo Naujoks
Birge Schade
Rob Schneider
Jürgen Schornagel
Lena Stolze
Paulus Manker
as Oskar
Jochen Nickel
as Koehler Michel
Detlef Bothe
as Lukas
Conradin Blum
as Elias as Child
Daniel Lins
as Peter as Child
Jochen Nickel
as Koehler Michel
Paulus Manker
as Oskar
Peter Franke
as Seff

Crew

Joseph Vilsmaier
Director
Joseph Vilsmaier
Producer
Daniel Krausz
Producer
Joseph Vilsmaier
Cinematographer
Norbert Schneider
Composer (Music Score)
Rolf Zehetbauer
Production Designer
Reinhold Kaiser
Sound/Sound Designer
Manfred Fritsch
Production Manager
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