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.
May 18, 2013
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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.
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.
|Principal Cast:||Jürgen Vogel, Birgit Minichmayr, Henry Stange|
|Running Time:||132 minutes|
|Producer:||Kristine Knudsen, Matthias Glasner, Andreas Born|
|Screenplay:||Kim Fupz Aakeson|
|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|
|International Sales:||Beta Cinema|