SLEEPING SICKNESS

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By Ulrich KÖHLER

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Drama - Completed 2011

Ebbo Velten has to give up his life in Africa or he loses the woman he loves. A man trapped between two worlds.

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Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2011
Competition Best director
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GERMANY, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • GERMAN, FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ulrich KÖHLER
    • Writer(s)
    • Ulrich KÖHLER
    • Producer(s)
    • Janine JACKOWSKI (Komplizen Film), Maren ADE (Komplizen Film), Katrin SCHLÖSSER (Ö Film Produktion)
    • Synopsis
    • Ebbo and Vera Velten have been living in Africa for a long time. Ebbo is managing a sleeping sickness program. His work is fulfilling. In contrast, Vera feels increasingly uncomfortable with her life in the international community of Yaoundé and the separation from her daughter Helen, 14, who is attending boarding school in Germany.
      Ebbo has to give up his life in Africa if he doesn’t want to lose the women he loves. But he has become a stranger to Europe. His fear of returning increases from day to day.
      Years later. Alex Nzila, a young French doctor of Congolese origin, travels to Cameroon to evaluate a development project. He hasn’t been to Africa for a long time. But instead of finding new prospects, he encounters a destructive, lost man: like a phantom, Ebbo slips away from his evaluator.
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