German Premieres presents: Vincent Wants To Sea


In summer 2010, GERMAN PREMIERES celebrated its 25th screening in New York with the German feature VINCENT WANTS TO SEA (VINCENT WILL MEER, 2009) by Ralf Huettner. Since 2004, GERMAN PREMIERES, an initiative by German Films (the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide), has presented 25 noteworthy new German features – fiction as well as documentaries – to attract the attention of US distributors and buyers.

In the German feature, VINCENT WANTS TO SEA, twenty-something-year-old Vincent suffers from Tourette’s syndrome. His is of the verbal kind: whenever he gets nervous, he involuntary curses or shouts out obscenities. And Vincent suffers from it tremendously. Plus, he is a huge disappointment to his father – who had wished for a golden boy but instead feels like he was handed a bad card.

The film opens just as Vincent’s mother has passed away. Vincent’s father is now in charge of his son and faced with a situation he did not ask for. Right in the middle of an election campaign, and with no time nor patience to deal with his son, he decides to hand Vincent off to a clinic to take care of him – and maybe even cure him.

Dr. Rose, his new therapist, tries to explain that Tourette’s syndrome is a treatable but not curable disorder but Vincent’s father departs from the clinic as fast as he has arrived – leaving his son behind.

Settling in, Vincent meets Marie, an anorexic young woman, and Alexander, his obsessive compulsive room mate. Together, the three take off on a trip to the sea – to Italy, where Vincent’s mother was most happy, and where he wants to scatter her ashes.

“Borrowing” Dr. Rose’s car, the troubled trio sets off on a road trip which leads them to appreciate each other and themselves a little more – closely followed by Dr. Rose and Vincent’s father in a second car, both also going through their own journey of reflection and acceptance.

The three patients are well cast with Florian David Fitz as Vincent (who also makes his debut as script writer – and should be congratulated for turning in a sensitive, subtle and at the same time charming piece of work), Karoline Herfurth as Marie (internationally known for starring in PERFUME, 2006, A YEAR AGO IN WINTER, 2008, and THE READER, 2008) as well as up-and-coming Johannes Allmayer as Alexander. As for the duo on the heels of the young renegades, Vincent’s father is played by Heino Frech (known overseas for his roles in COMEDIAN HARMONISTS, 1997, RUN LOLA RUN, 1998, DOWNFALL, 2004 as well as THE BAADER MEINHOFF COMPLEX, 2008) and Dr. Rose by the well established German theater and television actress Katharina Mueller-Elmau.

Award-winning veteran filmmaker Ralf Huettner, best known for his film and TV comedies, has made an engaging and entertaining film, and has found the right balance between drama and comedy without exploiting his characters’ ticks and traumas or rendering them clichés.

Despite dealing with difficult and little known psychological disorders, the film has found its audience – or maybe better the audience has found the film. And much to the surprise of producers and filmmakers alike, the film has become a German box office success: 600,000 admissions and counting since its theatrical opening at the end of April…

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Tanja Meding

Tanja Meding :Since moving to New York from Germany in 2003, Tanja Meding has worked as a producer for Maysles Films and other independent production companies. Amongst others, she produced SALLY GROSS-THE PLEASURE OF STILLNESS by Albert Maysles and Kristen Nutile which aired on WNET/Thirteen and Channel 25 and is now available on DVD from Since 2007, Tanja has been producing short films by Rosane Chamecki, Andrea Lerner and Phil Harder: JACKIE & JUDY premiered at DANCE ON CAMERA at LINCOLN CENTER was awarded with a PEARL at the POOL 2010 Festival in Berlin. Upcoming this September is a video installation of two new shorts: BOXING and THE COLLECTION at NY's newly opened New York Live Arts building in Chelsea. In addition, Tanja is the co-producer of Gabriella Bier's LOVE DURING WARTIME, a documentary about an Israeli dancer and her Palestinian husband. The film had its US premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and is distributed in the US through 7th Art Releasing. Furthermore, she is the US co-producer of Pascale Obolo's documentary CALYPSO ROSE, LIONESS OF THE JUNGLE. Currently in development with Claudia Brazzale is RETRACING STEPS, a portrait documentary about a group of international dancers and choreographers and their lives 20 years after they first met in NYC.

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