Original Bliss

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Germany | 2016 | 102 minutes | Sven Taddicken

Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others) stars as a despondent woman in a loveless marriage that seeks help from a celebrated pop-psychologist, embarking on a perverse yet affectionate romance that presents her with a new purpose in life.

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The Lives of Others co-stars Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Tukur are reunited in a provocative, thoughtful, non-traditional modern romance that asks the question "Do we deserve love?" Gedeck gives a remarkably nuanced performance Helene Brindel, a woman trapped in a loveless, sometimes violent marriage and undergoing a profound psychological and religious crisis that is causing bouts of crippling insomnia. One day, she hears a radio show featuring self-help guru Eduard Gluck, whose last name literally means "happiness," and is compelled to travel to a conference in Hamburg in order to seek his advice. The urbane doctor and the inhibited suburban housewife develop an unexpected attraction and fall into a relationship, but soon Helene discovers that Eduard is harboring a shameful secret: a porn addiction. Adapted from the short story by esteemed Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy, director Sven Taddicken delicately shows the abuse, self-loathing, and emotional turmoil of the characters in realistic scenarios that are grittily dramatic but often very funny, as this unlikely couple slowly comes to recognize the love and affection they have both long been seeking.

Director Biography

Sven Taddicken studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and was nominated for the Academy Awards for his short film "Counting Sheep" (1999). His feature debut Getting My Brother Laid (2001) premiered in official competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival and received the Critics Award. His second feature Emma's Bliss (2006) premiered at the San Sebastian IFF and won numerous awards including Best Screenplay (Hamptons IFF, 2006) and Audience Award (Sevilla IFF, 2006). His third feature 12 Paces Without Head (2009) about the legendary German highsea pirate Klaus Störtebeker was released by Warner Bros. Germany and premiered at the Shanghai IFF (2010). Original Bliss (2016) is Sven's 4th feature film as a director.

Sponsored by Center for West European Studies UW

  • Original Language Title: Gleißendes Glück
  • Director: Sven Taddicken
  • Principal Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Manuel Bickenbach, Alexander Bickenbach
  • Screenplay: Sven Taddicken, Stefanie Veith, Hendrik Hölzemann
  • Cinematographers: Daniela Knapp
  • Editors: Andreas Wodraschke
  • Music: Riad Abdel-Nabi, Wouter Verhulst
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2016 (Film and Literature Award)
  • Filmography: 12 Paces Without a Head (2009); 1. Mai (2008); Emma's Bliss (2006); My Brother the Vampire (2001)
  • Language: German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Picture Tree International