A New Thriller from Award Winning German Director Vadim Glowna
HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES
Opens November 14, 2008 at New York’s QUAD CINEMA
Director Vadim Glowna is available for interviews in NYC between November 13-19,
and prior to that by phone and email.
Wednesday October 29, 2008 6:00 p.m.
Monday November 10, 2008 12 noon
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Based on the beautifully strange novella by Yasunari Kawabata, writer-director-actor Vadim Glowna has crafted a beautiful, macabre thriller about loneliness, sex, eroticism and mortality. Featuring performances by Glowna, the Academy Award-winning Maximilian Schell, Angela Winkler, and a cast of young beauties, HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
Edmond (Glowna), a lonely widower in his late sixties living in Berlin, learns from old friend Kogi (Maximilian Schell) about a secret establishment in which one can pay to lie alongside beautiful, sleeping young women. The girls – who move, stretch, roll over and dream but never awaken – are cared for by Madame (Winkler), the enigmatic director of the house.
Seduced and enchanted by their peculiar, unconscious tenderness, Edmond visits the sleeping beauties with greater and greater frequency, prompting him to probe the boundaries of his own morality and to re-visit long repressed memories, including the deaths of his wife and daughter. However when Edmond inadvertently observes Madame and her cohorts smuggling a corpse from the premises, a newly ignited desire to unravel the bizarre activities conflicts with his addiction to the juvenile innocence and tender embrace of those who inhabit it.
Vadim Glowna has directed more than thirty films for television as well as eight feature films. He won several awards for his film Desperado City, including the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Two other films, Nothing Left To Lose (1983) and Raising to the Bait (1992), both received accolades at the Berlin Film Festival. Also a versatile performer, Glowna is one of Germany’s most popular actors. In 2000 the German Film Critics Association awarded him Best Actor for his appearance in Oskar Roehler’s No Place to Go. He has also appeared in films such as Sam Peckinpah’s Steiner - Cross of Iron and Claude Chabrol’s Quiet Days in Clichy, among others.
Maximilian Schell is one of the most well-known and successful German actors (and directors) worldwide. In 1961 he won the Oscar for Best Actor by tackling the difficult role of the defense attorney in the epic film Judgment at Nuremberg. Schell has six Academy Award nominations in total, and has won Golden Globes twice. While filming Sam Peckinpah’s Steiner - Cross of Iron he met Vadim Glowna, and the two became friends.
Angela Winkler is a German theatre actress and a living legend. She has appeared in over 100 different plays and worked with Europe’s most renowned directors. In 1980 Winkler was awarded the German Film Prize for The Tin Drum which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film as well the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Other notable film roles include The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum and Edith’s Diary.
First Run Features in Association with The Stuart Goldman Co. Presents
HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES: (Das Haus der schlafenden Schönen)
2006, Germany, 99 min, German w/English subtitles, Color, Dolby Digital, 35 mm
Writer/Director/Producer: Vadim Glowna
Director of Photography: Ciro Cappellari Edited by: Charlie Lézin
Production Design by: Peter Weber Sound Design by: Thomas Knop
Music: Nikolaus Glowna & Siggi Müller
Produced by: Vadim Glowna, Raymond Tarabay
Co-Produced by: Peter Weber, Michael Frenschkowski, Marco Herten, Bernd Schaarmann
Cast: Vadim Glowna (Edmond); Angela Winkler (Madame); Maximilian Schell (Kogi), Birol Ünel (Herr Gold), Mona Glass (Secretary), Marina Weis (Housemaid).
FESTIVALS and AWARDS:
Cannes Film Festival 2007
Nominated - German Film Awards
Best Director & Best Music-International Film Festival Belgrade
Film Festival Hachenburg, Germany Glowna/Lifetime Achievement Award
International Film Festival of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Int’l Film Festival of Kiev, Ukraine
Photos available at www.firstrunfeatures.com