Fräulein

Das Fräulein

Director: Igor Martinovic, Andrea Staka, Mirjana Karanovic, Marija Skaricic

Cast: Igor Martinovic, Andrea Staka, Mirjana Karanovic, Marija Skaricic

     
 
Writer/director Andrea Staka's Das Fräulein paints an exceptionally sensitive, multilayered, and richly textured portrait of a blossoming friendship between two adult women. Mirjana Karanovic is Ruza, a Slavic émigré in her fifties, who years ago transplanted herself from her native Serbia to Zurich, Switzerland. Quiet,

Overview

Writer/director Andrea Staka's Das Fräulein paints an exceptionally sensitive, multilayered, and richly textured portrait of a blossoming friendship between two adult women. Mirjana Karanovic is Ruza, a Slavic émigré in her fifties, who years ago transplanted herself from her native Serbia to Zurich, Switzerland. Quiet, introverted, and stoic, she runs a canteen business in the city and trusts absolutely no one, building her life exclusively around income. She and her Croatian associate, Mila (Ljubica Jovic), are confronted with the sudden arrival of Ana (Marija Skaricic), a much younger Bosnian drifter, who enchants Ruza with her fresh spontaneity and zest for life, but still draws some coldness from the Serbian woman. Despite a shared ethnic background, Ruza initially insists on communicating with Ana in German and scarcely acknowledges their common cultural identity. Nonetheless, in time, barriers begin to recede, and a tenuous, delicate bond of friendship forms between the two women. Staka uses the bulk of the drama to explore this relationship in all of its nuances and complexities, conveying the women's inner emotional landscapes with an intelligent use of cinematic language and visual flourishes. Instead of simply using Zurich as a backdrop, Staka employs the city -- both cosmopolitan and yet somewhat distancing -- as one of the story's central characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
UPC:
0616892915027
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
86,980

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mirjana Karanovic Ruza
Marija Skaricic Ana
Ljubica Jovic Mila
Andrea Zogg Franz
Zdenko Jelcic Ante
Pablo Aguilar Fredi
David Imhoof Actor
Sebastian Krahenbuehl Actor
Oliver Zgorelec Actor
Annette Wunsch Actor
Kenneth Huber Actor
Aniko Donath Actor

Technical Credits
Igor Martinovic Director,Cinematographer
Andrea Staka Director,Screenwriter
Barbara Albert Screenwriter
Jorg Elsner Sound/Sound Designer
Florian Engelhardt Asst. Director
Sue Erdt Production Designer
Corinna Glaus Casting
Daniel Jakob Score Composer
Mirjana Karanovic Cinematographer
Gion-Reto Killias Editor
Marie Kreutzer Screenwriter
Bettina Marx Costumes/Costume Designer
Davor Pusic Producer
Mirjam Quinte Producer
Sanja Ristic Casting
Susann Rüdlinger Producer
Susan Ruedlinger Producer
Samir Producer
Sascha Schwill Executive Producer
Peter von Siebenthal Score Composer
Max Vornehm Sound/Sound Designer
Till Wyler Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fraulein
1. The Restaurant [6:56]
2. What Are You Up To? [6:33]
3. I'm Alive! [9:28]
4. Birthday Party [8:29]
5. Back to Work [6:40]
6. The Club [4:43]
7. Well Adjusted [8:19]
8. It Might Fit You [5:09]
9. Scared [9:39]
10. Treatment [3:14]
11. Grateful [5:01]
12. Credits [1:03]

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