Fiction

AUTOPILOTS

2007
a film by Bastian Günther

a LICHTBLICK FILM Production
in co-production with SWR and Arte

35mm / 106 Minutes / Dolby Digital / Color

SYNOPSIS
Autopilots tells the story of four people trying to live up to their long lost ideals in four interwoven episodes. Over the years each of them has become a social outcast. Lacking a foothold, they erratically move through their own lives. During one day and one night these characters’ paths cross on the freeways of the Ruhr Area.

Georg, trainer of a German Soccer League team, must win the cup game tonight if he wants to keep his job. He is in danger of being fired and discovers how the mechanisms of the soccer trade have begun to turn against him. Dieter, freelance reporter is on the pursuit of spectacular images daily and nightly. He loves his son, who lives with his ex-wife Rita, but does not devote much attention to him. A day together and a horrible experience bring the two closer together. Jörg a bigoted salesman for bathtub lifts finds himself drifting off into isolation and discovers he cannot go on with his double life. He is not only afraid of losing his job, his whole life is in a rut and today everything seems to have conspired against him. Heinz an aging pop singer spends his days singing at anniversary celebrations for shopping malls and the like. For his fans he is still the star of the old days, but he himself finds it increasingly difficult to keep up the illusion.
They are all heroes of an inner insecurity, who are just trying to hang in there…

CAST
Charly Hübner
Wolfram Koch
Walter Kreye
Manfred Zapatka
Susanne-Marie Wrage

TEAM
written and directed by: Bastian Günther
producer: Joachim Ortmanns
script producer: Martin Heisler
commissioning editors: SWR - Stefanie Gross, Arte - Georg Steinert
DoP: Michael Kotschi
sound by: Till Röllinghoff
editor: Olaf Tischbier
production designer: Dorothee von Bodelschwingh
costume designer: Almut Stier
make-up artist: Sonja Fischer
casting by: Kathrin Bessert, Anja Dihrberg
songs by: Bernd Begemann
music by: Andreas Doerne, Jens Hafemann

WORLD PREMIERE
Berlinale 2007 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)

FESTIVALS / PRIZES
Festival des deutschen Films in Madrid
Shanghai IFF (Panorama)
Montréal WFF (Focus on World Cinema)
Gewinner des MFG Star
Nominierung Best-Made-for-TV-Movie, Banff World Television Festival