Germany | 2012 | 132 minutes | Matthias Glasner

After immigrating to coastal Norway, a German family’s idyllic life is threatened when a car accident claims the life of a local teenager in this beautifully photographed drama.

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Looking for a new start, a German couple and their son move to Hammerfest, the world's northernmost city perched on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. During the winter, the sun never rises above the horizon, creating a surreal, almost darkly magical constant twilight. Niels (Jürgen Vogel) works at a natural gas plant, while Maria (Birgit Minichmayr) finds a job at the local hospice, taking care of the terminally ill. One night, in the middle of the dark Norwegian winter, Maria leaves the scene of a hit-and-run car accident. Wrapped in guilt, she confides in her husband. But Maria is not the only one looking for forgiveness, and the mesmerizing landscape becomes the back- drop of an intense family drama in which the son plays the role of a silent witness. Featuring understated but striking performances by Jürgen Vogel and Birgit Minichmayr, Mercy is a powerful portrayal of guilt and redemption.

Director Biography
Matthias Glasner is a German filmmaker and musician, known for Sexy Sadie (1996), Fandango (1999), The Free Will (2005), and This is Love (2009). He co-founded Schwarzweiss Film Productions with Jürgen Vogel, the lead actor of Mercy.

Director: Matthias Glasner
Principal Cast: Jürgen Vogel, Birgit Minichmayr, Henry Stange
Country: Germany, Norway
Year: 2012
Running Time: 132 minutes
Producer: Kristine Knudsen, Matthias Glasner, Andreas Born
Screenplay: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Cinematographers: Jakub Bejnarowicz
Editors: Heike Gnida
Music: Home Sweet Home
Filmography: This Is Love (2009); The Free Will (2004); Fandango (2000); Sexy Sadie (1996); Die Mediocren (1995); Requiem (1987)
Language: German, Norwegian, English
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Beta Cinema
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