The Death of the Flea Circus Director
With the help of his assistant Anja, Ottocaro Weiss wants to put the plague on stage. External circumstances and a lack of a rising generation have forced him to suspend his prevailing passion, a flea circus. As his financier tries to cause an epidemic through the new theatre programme, believing that he can thus save overcivilized mankind, he fails because of Ottocaro Weiss, who exchanges the illusion of theatre with reality...
|Production||Thomas Koerfer Film Ltd.|
|Cast||François Simon, Paul Gogel, Norbert Schwientek, Janine Weill|
Joseph von Sternberg Preis Mannheim 1973, Cannes Semaine Internationale de la Critique 1973, Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro, The London Filmfestival, Chicago Filmfestival, Perth Film Festival, Film International Rotterdam, Filmfestival Teheran, San Francisco International Film Festival, Filmex Los Angeles, Edinburgh International Film Festival, U.A.M.
Joseph Marti, a jobless accountant, works for six months at an inventor's house. At the beginning, he's confronted with everyday work. But the more he finds out that his chief's projects don't make any profit, the more Marti himself takes the control, trying to save what's still left to be saved...
|Screenplay||Dieter Feldhausen, Thomas Koerfer|
|Production||Thomas Koerfer Film Ltd.|
|Music||Original music of the 19th and 20th centuries|
|Cast||Paul Burian, Ingold Wildenauer, Verena Buss, Nikola Weisse, Wolfram Berger, Hannelore Hoger, Tina Engel|
Cannes Semaine Internationale de la Critique 1976, The London Film Festival, Film International Rotterdam, Festival Internacional de Cinema Figueira da Foz (Plaque d'Or), Internationales Forum des Jungen Films Berlin, Perth International Film Festival, Semana International de Cine de Autor Benalmadena, International Film Festival of India New Delhi, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Filmpreis der Stadt Zürich und Qualitätsprämie EDI
Alzire or the New Continent
Dead for 200 years and yet still very much alive, Voltaire and Rousseau observe the troubles of a small groupe of young actors who want to stage one of Voltaire's plays, called Alzire or the Americans...
|Production||Thomas Koerfer Film Ltd. and Filmkollektiv Zurich|
|Music||Original Latin-American music|
|Cast||François Simon, Roger Jendly, Monika Bleibtreu, Verena Buss, Nikola Weisse, Hans Peter Korff, Rüdiger Vogler|
Chicago Filmfestival, Festival du Jeune Cinéma d'Hyères, Filmfestival Florenz, Festival Internacional de Cinema Figueira da Foz (Silver Award), Los Angeles (Filmex), Thessaloniki International Filmfestival
This true story relates at first to the residence of young Goethe in Wetzlar in 1772, describes his unrealisable love for Charlotte Buff, the fiancée of his lawyer friend Kestner, and the suicide of his friend Jerusalem later on. At this point, the movie leaves behind the autobiographical elements and changes into fiction, which makes Goethe suffer the sorrows of young Werther and transforms Charlotte into Lotte...
|Screenplay||Hans Christoph Buch, Thomas Koerfer|
|Cast||Sunnyi Melles, Lutz Weidlich, Hanns Zischler, Paul Burian, Wolf Kaiser, Sigfrit Steiner|
Worldsale Goethe Institute Bonn (International)
Switzerland in World War II: Anna, a young Polish refugee, comes into an armourer family. The same-aged son Andres finally finds his longawaited playmate. Together with Andres and his beloved grandfather, Anna organises the escape of a Polish internee. The grandfather risks his life and Anna must leave the country. Forty years later, she returns....
|Screenplay||Thomas Koerfer, Dieter Feldhausen|
|Production||Cactus Film Zurich, prokino Munich and Thomas Koerfer Film Ltd.|
|Cast||Armin Mueller- Stahl, Katharina Thalbach, Matthias Habich, Sigfrit Steiner, Thomas Lücking, Agnes Zielinski, Krystyna Janda, Barbara Freier|
Mostra Internationale del Cinema Venezia 1983 (Official Competition), OCIC Award, Festival Internacional de Cinema Figueira da Foz (Silver Award), Internationales Filmfestival Berlin / Deutsche Sektion, Internationales Filmfestival Moskau, Chicago Filmfestival, Filmpreis der Stadt Zürich und Qualitätsprämie EDI
Concert for Alice
Here is the story of a famous Russian flute-player who emigrates to Switzerland. While desperately trying to find a job, he meets Alice, a young and beautiful streetmusician. Enchanted and fascinated by her and her playing, he pretends to be a rich patron...
|Screenplay||Lev and Alexander Shargorodsky, Thomas Koerfer|
|Production||Condor Productions Ltd.|
|Cast||Beate Jensen, Towje Kleiner, Anne- Marie Blanc, Erwin Parker|
Filmfestival Wien 1986, Filmfestival Brüssel 1987
At the beginning, there's a bank robbery - the plan seems to be perfect: Angelo and Ciccio empty the bank while Paul waits for his accomplices in the car. But their plan gets out of control, because of two armed men who stand in their way. Paul gets away on time, Ciccio is deadly wounded, and Angelo escapes with the money and Julia, the daughter of the owner of the bank, as his hostage to Italy. A fatal love affair begins...
|Screenplay||Thomas Koerfer, Joachim Hammann, Bernard Stora|
|Production||Thomas Koerfer Film Ltd., Stella Film Munich, Crocodile Films Paris|
|Cast||Dexter Fletcher, Fabienne Babe, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Peter Fritz|
Cattolica Film Festival 1990 (Offizieler Wettbewerb), Internationales Filmfestival Moskau, Internationales Filmfestival Kairo
The night before a duel, Green Henry reflects upon his moving youth. The time was dominated by his early affection for his cousin Anna, who suffers from an incurable sickness, and a sensual actress, called Judith, who teaches Green Henry how to forget his first love...
|Screenplay||Peter Müller, Thomas Koerfer, Barbara Jago|
|Production||Condor Films, Toro Films, Osby Films in Coproduction with SRG/ ZDF/ ORF|
|Cast||Thibault de Montalembert, Florence Darel, Assumpta Serna, Matthias Gnädinger, Nadja Uhl, Dominique Sanda|
Calcutta International Film Festival, Internationales Filmfestival Moskau