The Gamblers (2007 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sebastian Bieniek|
|Produced by||Sebastian Bieniek and Hartmut Bitomsky|
|Written by||Sebastian Bieniek|
|Music by||Zarko Jovasevic|
|Cinematography||Camilo Sottolichio and Vojtech Pokorny|
|Edited by||Sebastian Bieniek|
|Running time||86 minutes|
The Gamblers (German: Die Spieler) is a 2007 German no budget film, and the film with the lowest budget (budget: 2000 €/ shooting time: 10 days) that was ever in the competition of an "A" Film Festival.
The Gamblers was made as a no-budget production in the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB, German Film and Television Academy Berlin) during the seminar of the Hungarian director Béla Tarr.
It was shot on the Teufelsberg (German for Devil's Mountain), a hill in Berlin, which was built after the Second World War from the rubble of Berlin (400,000 buildings). This is the only location where the film plays.
In the midst of a world — to an outsider, impenetrable — the house tutor of the deserted General, Alexej Iwanovitsch, once ruled by an uncontrollable addiction to gambling, falls in love with his employer’s stepdaughter Polina. Alexej understands very quickly that he has entered a world ruled by monetary worries and dreams and that, offhand, he is not Polina’s perfect suitor. To him it seems that not only his social position, but also his self-imposed ban from the casino, stand in his way.
- 10th Shanghai International Film Festival (international competition)
- German film week Nanjing (official selection)
- 31st Cairo International Film Festival (festival of festivals)
- 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (international competition)
- 10th Int.Short and Ind. Film Festi. Dhaka (international Panorama)
- XXVI Uruguay International Film Festival (international competition)
- 6th Non-Budget International Film Festival (6to. Festival Internacional Del Cine Pobre) (Gibana, Cuba) (international competition)
- Miskolc Cinefest International Film Festival (international competition).
- Valdivia International Film Festival (international competition).
- 5th Abuja International Film Festival (international competition).
- III Didor Dushanbe Film Festival (international competition).
- Start International Student Film Festival Baku (international competition).
- Official website
- The Gamblers at the Internet Movie Database
- German consulship Shanghai
- Internet Movie Database
- Info chinaculture.org
- news2u.net (German film week Nanjing)
- Miskolc Cinefest International Film Festival
- Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia