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2005 Sundance Film Festival movie poster
Directed byHans W. Geissendörfer
Produced byHans W. Geissendörfer
Written byHans W. Geissendörfer
Elisabeth Rynell (novel)
StarringThomas Kretschmann
Julia Jentsch
Maria Schrader
Ulrich Mühe
Oliver Stokowski
Ina Weisse
Joachim Król
Music byIrmin Schmidt
CinematographyHans-Günther Bücking
Edited byPeter Przygodda
Oliver Grothoff
Distributed byConcorde Filmverleih GmbH
Release date
  • 20 January 2005 (2005-01-20)
Running time
142 minutes

Schneeland (German: "Snowland") is a 2005 film written and directed by German filmmaker Hans W. Geissendörfer. Based on the novel Hohaj by Elisabeth Rynell, it depicts the devastation felt by Elizabeth (Maria Schrader), a woman who had lost her husband in a car crash and wants to leave her three young children to join him in death by wandering out into the snowy deserts of Lapland. As she wanders through the snow, Elizabeth discovers the story of Aron (Thomas Kretschmann) and Ina (Julia Jentsch), a couple who overcame dark secrets and over-controlling family members to be with each other.

Schneeland premiered in January 2005 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released nationwide in German later that month. At the Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Awards) in 2005, it was nominated for four awards including Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. It won for Best Cinematography.

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