Rabbit Without Ears
|Rabbit Without Ears
German promotional picture
|Directed by||Til Schweiger|
|Produced by||Til Schweiger
|Written by||Til Schweiger
|Music by||Stefan Hansen
|Editing by||Charles Ladmiral|
|Distributed by||SevenOne International|
|Running time||115 minutes|
Rabbit Without Ears (German title: Keinohrhasen, lit: No Ear Rabbits), is a 2007 German romantic comedy film, written, produced and directed by Til Schweiger. Co-written by Anika Decker, and starring Nora Tschirner and himself, the story of the film revolves around yellow press reporter Ludo and his ex-classmate Anna, who reconvene after years when he is sentenced to 300 hours of community service at her day-care facility.
Produced by Barefoot Films and Warner Bros., the film premiered in theaters across Germany on 20 December 2007, and became a surprise box-office hit, eventually grossing $74,000,000, mostly from its domestic run. By 20 April 2008, Keinohrhasen had reached over six million viewers, ranking it sixth on the list of the most successful German films in Germany since the beginning of the audience census in 1968. Also a critical success, the film was awarded the Goldene Leinwand, a Bogey Award, the Deutscher Comedypreis and a Bambi and received a nomination for the Audience Award at the European Film Awards 2008.
A sequel, entitled Rabbit Without Ears 2 was released on 3 December 2009.
Ludo Decker (Schweiger) is a Berlin based yellow press reporter. With his photographer Moritz, his daily routine is to spy on celebrities for the tabloid Das Blatt. He also uses his work for frequent sexual contacts with his objects of interest.
When heavyweight boxer and celebrity Wladimir Klitschko is about to toast his fiancee Yvonne Catterfeld at their engagement party, Ludo and Moritz are on the scene to report about it. Ludo breaks through a glass dome of the party venue, falls into the cake and is subsequently sentenced to 300 hours of community service at a daycare center.
There he meets Anna Gotzlowski (Tschirner), the center's manager. Anna grew up in the same neighborhood as Ludo and used to be picked on and mocked by him. She gets her revenge by appointing him to perform humiliating tasks. Ludo cannot fight this as his parole is at stake. Still, he is interested in one-night stands, and has an affair with a child's mother who frequents the facility.
After a while, the tensions between Anna and Ludo dissipate and the two become friends. When Anna's date with another man goes awry, she appears at Ludo's flat seeking comfort. The two of them end up in bed, yet Anna's hope that this could develop into something more serious is destroyed for the time being. Ludo sees her only as a friend, until Anna soon starts dating actor Jürgen Vogel, whom she meets in a park. After Ludo writes about her attending the German Film Awards ceremony with Vogel, describing her as the most beautiful woman around, he is fired by his editor.
In the end, Ludo realizes that he feels more for Anna than he had previously thought. During a children's festival at a local theatre, he crashes a performance and swears his love to Anna, who sits in the audience with the children. After his discharge from the tabloid paper, he takes up work at Anna's facility.
- Til Schweiger as Ludo Decker, a well-known yellow press reporter and libertine who is sentenced to three hundred hours of social work in a local day-care facility run by his ex-classmate Anna Gotzlowski. Ludo is Latin for "I play". His character was conceptualized as a "comedic tour de force" for Schweiger.
- Nora Tschirner as Anna Gotzlowski, Ludo's ex-classmate and head of a day-care facility for children, who initially harbours an improbable resentment of Ludo, having not overcome his teasing over 20 years ago. Schweiger created the role of Anna specifically with Tschirner in mind, citing her "one of the best screen actresses in Germany."
- Matthias Schweighöfer as Moritz, a paparazzo and friend of Ludo.
- Alwara Höfels as Miriam Steinfeld, a colleague and friend of Anna.
- Barbara Rudnik as Lilli Decker, Ludo's elder sister.
- Paul Maximilian Schüller as Lollo, Lilli's son.
- Emma Tiger Schweiger as Cheyenne-Blue, a kid at the day-care facility.
- Lilli Camille Schweiger as Sacha, another kid at the day-care facility.
- Luna Marie Schweiger as young Anna
- Valentin Florian Schweiger as young Ludo
- Rick Kavanian, as the choleric chief editor of the tabloid Das Blatt
- Jürgen Vogel as himself
- Christian Tramitz as Anna's date.
- Wladimir Klitschko as himself.
- Yvonne Catterfeld as herself.
- Wolfgang Stumph as a taxi driver.
- Armin Rohde as Bello.
- Fahri Ogün Yardım as Mucki.
- Kai Lentrodt as a taxi driver.
- Sonsee Neu as a judge.
- Pasquale Aleardi as Ludo's attorney.
- Elena Uhlig as a hotel worker.
- Gregor Bloéb as Michi Nußbaumer, a folk musician.
- Nina Proll as Daniela Berg, Michi's partner.
- Anne-Sophie Briest as Mandy, a headline-making "Ministerluder".
Music from the Motion Picture album
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||7 December 2007|
- "Mr. Brightside" (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix) (The Killers) – 8:48
- "Deepest Blue" (Deepest Blue) – 3:24
- "Is It Love" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 2:18
- "Anna & Ludo - Hold Me Now" (Rea Garvey) – 1:47
- "Springtimes" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 2:56
- "Lifeline" (Angels & Airwaves) – 4:16
- "Autumn Leaves" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 1:42
- "Everybody's Changing" (Keane) – 3:35
- "Looking for Atlantis" (Prefab Sprout) – 4:03
- "Rain" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 1:18
- "I Still Remember" (Bloc Party) – 4:20
- "Liquid" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 1:43
- "Everything's Magic" (Angels & Airwaves) – 3:51
- "Some Time" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 1:59
- "Sad Song" (Au Revoir Simone) – 4:07
- "Apologize (Timbaland presents OneRepublic) – 3:04
- "A Rainy Day in Vancouver" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 1:38
- "Rocket Brothers" (Kashmir) – 5:27
- "Perfect Circle" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 2:57
- "Cheyenne Blue" (Stefan Hansen, Dirk Reichardt, Mirko Schaffer) – 1:40
- "Der Zauberlehrling" (Junge Dichter & Denker) – 3:54
|Austrian Albums Chart||13|
|European Top 100 Albums||14|
|German Albums Chart||2|
|Swiss Albums Chart||46|
|German Albums Chart ||17|
While doing handicraft at the daycare centre, Ludo sews a stuffed rabbit without ears. As Anna criticises him for it, he points at the fact that another rabbit made by the child Cheyenne-Blue has no ears as well. Anna thereupon claims that it is a Keinohrhase, a no-ears rabbit, which is able to hear through its nose. This scene was also used for the first teaser trailer.
A rare earless rabbit born in February 2012 at a zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna, Saxony was named "Til", in reference to this film's title and its director. The baby rabbit was accidentally crushed when a television cameraman stepped on him, an event that was briefly the subject of international media coverage.
- 2008: Goldene Leinwand mit Stern for more than 6 million viewers
- 2008: Bogey Awards in gold for 3 million viewers within 30 days
- 2008: Ernst Lubitsch Prize
- 2010: Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival 
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