WAR EXTRAS / ALMOST INVISIBLE

By Teresina MOSCATIELLO

SINAFILM PRODUKTION UND VERLEIH GMBH - as PROD

Drama - Development 2011

IIn the Bavarian Forest, the US Army and the German Bundeswehr train their soldiers for the war mission in the Middle East with the help of unemployed, students and pensioners. This story is based on the investigations the author/director herself made at the military training base in Bavaria.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama, Thriller
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Teresina MOSCATIELLO
    • Writer(s)
    • Teresina MOSCATIELLO
    • Producer(s)
    • Jakob RÜHLE (Sinafilm Produktion und Verleih GmbH)
    • Synopsis
    • Nora – young, unemployed and curious – doesn't think twice when she gets the chance to escape her dull East German housing estate and take off to the Bavarian Forest. Together with other unemployed people, pensioners and students she takes a coach to a military camp, cut off from the outside world, where soldiers are trained for going to war in Afghanistan. The wildly mixed group will personify Afghan civilians during the following weeks. For 40 days, Nora is expected to wear a burqa and convincingly play an Arabic terrorist. German and American soldiers perform joint trainings in order to prepare for the war mission in a most realistic scenario. Ambushes, attacks, and suicide bombings are a daily routine for the group, just like dorms, black market and internal power struggles.
      Angela, a 65 year-old Bavarian housewife, already knows the camp routines and introduces the newbies to the most important rules. She also grows to become an intimate friend to Nora, who increasingly identifies with her role as a fearless and aggressive terrorist.
      With her boldness and her wit, Nora soon earns the respect of the "established" players and gets to know the German soldier Jonathan (24) who is about to leave for his service in Afghanistan.
      Quickly it becomes difficult to distinguish the roles from actual group members; hatred and anger grow into an explosive mix that will easily discharge, even outside the monitored training units.
      Nora is increasingly absorbed by her role as a terrorist and this puts strain on her friendship with Jonathan. He begins to question the training itself and the mission in Afghanistan.
      When Nora and some of her comrades take a soldier hostage, the boundaries between reality and play disintegrate. Nora has to decide whether she wants to be culprit or victim.
    • Partners & financing
    • Script Development Funding by FFA
      Script Development Programm SOURCES 2/ MEDIA DESK
    • Production schedule
    • Pre-Prodcution 09/ 2010
      Production/Shooting 09/2011
      Post-Production Finalizing Winter 2011
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2011
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