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Film info: Sleeping Sickness

Film Information

Original Title Sleeping Sickness
English Title Sleeping Sickness
Director Ulrich Köhler
Year 2011
Format 35 mm
Duration 91 min
  • Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jenny Schily, Hippolyte Girardot, Maria Elise Miller.
  • Guión: Ulrich Köhler
  • Fotografía: Patrick Orth
  • Montaje: Katharina Wartena, Eva Könnemann
  • Producción: Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Katrin Schlösser


After surprising the Bafici with Bungalow (2002) and Windows on Monday (2006), Ulrich Koehler uses his third feature to dig even more into a recurrent issue of his: characters crossing the boundaries of their own paradigms to let themselves be abducted by unknown forces. After spending years executing a successful program against the “Sleeping Sickness” in Cameroon, doctor Ebbo VEltman has to go back to Germany with his wife Vera because his daughter Helena is there studying, and she doesn’t want to go back to Africa. This way, as soon as Veltman’s position is effectively transferred to another doctor, the family will be able to return to their homeland. At this point, the film jumps in time and changes its viewpoint; it switches to the perspective of the successor, Doctor Alez Nzila, and stays in Cameroon. Even if the epidemic seems to be effectively beaten, Niztla finds the clinic in sheer chaos and Veltman lost in an impossible eccentricity, fed by a hypnotic attachment to that land.

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