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Four minutes (Vier minuten) - Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Richy Müller, Chris Kraus

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Sixty years ago Traude Krüger (Monica Bleibtreu) began teaching music at a women's prison. Now, on her search for possible students, she meets Jenny: a violent young inmate convicted of murder, and also a brilliant pianist. When Kruger convinces prison authorities to let her train Jenny (Hannah Herzsprung) for a public competition at the Berlin Opera House, the past resurfaces for both women and a lesson in humanity is learnt that they will each never forget.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama Germany music prison women music teacher compete murder piano World War II Berlin

Persons of interest

  • Monica Bleibtreu .... Traude Krüger
  • Hannah Herzsprung .... Jenny von Loeben
  • Sven Pippig .... Mütze
  • Richy Müller .... Kowalski
  • Jasmin Tabatabai .... Ayse
  • Stefan Kurt .... Director Meyerbeer
  • Vadim Glowna .... Gerhard von Loeben
  • Nadja Uhl .... Nadine Hoffmann
  • Edita Malovcic .... Young Traude
  • Kathrin Kestler .... Hannah
  • Amber Bongard .... Clara Mütze
  • Dietrich Hollinderbäumer .... Pater Vincens
  • Chris Kraus .... Screenwriter
  • Chris Kraus .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Four minutes (Vier minuten) official movie site
  • Four minutes (Vier minuten) film production notes
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  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Biberach Film Festival 2006: Won: Audience Award: Best Film (Chris Kraus), Grand Prize - Best Film (Chris Kraus)
    • Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography 2006: Nominated: Golden Frog: Best Cinematography (Judith Kaufmann)
    • Hof International Film Festival 2006: Won: Production Design Award (Silke Buhr)
    • Shanghai International Film Festival 2006: Won: Golden Goblet: Best Film (Chris Kraus)
  • NB: German language dialogue with English language subtitles
  • Studios and distributors:

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I spent the whole of Four minutes (Vier minuten) wondering what it was about. Even after the end I still didn't know what it was about.

There's some really good music, but.

The drama, Germany, music movie Four minutes (Vier minuten) is directed by Chris Kraus and stars Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Richy Müller.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: German
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Interviews: At the movies - Hannah Herzsprung
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English captions

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong themes, infrequent strong language)

Surveillance time

112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 June 2007
DVD rental: 12 March 2008
DVD retail: 9 July 2008

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