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Sleeping Sickness (Schlafkrankheit)

Sleeping Sickness (Schlafkrankheit)
  • 2011
  • Germany
  • 91 min
  • Directed by: Ulrich Köhler
  • Cast: Pierre Bokma, Jean- Christophe Folly, Hippolyte Girardot
  • Language: German

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Winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin, Sleeping Sickness marks a third impressive feature from director Ulrich Köhler that has the feverish quality of a half-remembered dream. German doctor Ebbo has been working to eradicate a sleeping sickness pandemic in the Cameroon. He has been ordered to return home with his wife and daughter but he no longer recognises Europe as his home and is unwilling to once again embrace the values of the West. His actions tip an unsettling, unpredictable film into territory defined by Joseph Conrad and shed a piercing light on a Western view of African society permanently distorted by a colonialist past. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Welcome to Germany.

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