ON 15TH MARCH 2022, FILMING BEGAN ON SOPHIA, DER TOD UND ICH, THE DEBUT FEATURE FROM CHARLY HÜBNER BASED ON THE BESTSELLING NOVEL OF THE SAME NAME BY THEES UHLMANN. THIS FAST PACED, HILARIOUSLY FUNNY AND VERY TOUCHING ROAD MOVIE TAKES HÜBNER AND CREW ALL THE WAY FROM BERLIN VIA HAMBURG AND BRANDENBURG TO BAVARIA.
Photo (right to left): Marc Hosemann (Morten de Sarg), Anna Maria Mühe (Sophia), Dimitrij Schaad (Reiner), Johanna Gastdorf (Lore) and director Charly Hübner ©Niklas Marc Heinecke / DCM
“We desperately wanted to tell this story, of course in the spirit of Thees Uhlmann’s novel, with a lot of humor, fun and joie de vivre, because I believe that the events of this extra special journey will make you feel both relieved and joyful, as well as captivating you and making you laugh, as it’s about the only moment in life which is clear right from the beginning and yet we try to keep as unclear as possible.”
“We’re really happy to be working with Charly on his first shoot as a director, building on the trust and his wonderful work with us as a great actor.”
Besides Anna Maria Mühe, Johanna Gastdorf, Dimitrij Schaad and Marc Hosemann, the film also counts Lina Beckmann, Gina Haller, Carlo Ljubeck, Falilou Seck, Rocko Schamoni and Josef Ostendorf among its cast. The screenplay is written by Lena May Graf, and the team behind the camera includes cinematographer Martin Farkas, set designer Dorle Bahlburg, costume designer Ulé Barcelos, head makeup designer Marika Knappe, editor Eva Schnare, line producer Solveig Cornelisen and producer Sonja Schmitt.
SOPHIA, DER TOD UND ICH is a DCM production in coproduction with Bucket and ZDF, with financing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MOIN Film Fund, FFF Bayern, MDM, the FFA and DFFF.
Charly Hübner’s feature film is slated for release in spring 2023, with distribution in German cinemas by DCM.
SOPHIA, DER TOD UND ICH is the zany, funny and touching story about everything in life that really counts. After a restless night, there’s a knock at Reiner’s (Dimitri Schad) door, only to find Morten de Sarg (Marc Hosemann), his own death, standing there. But much to his amazement, he can’t bring himself to allow Reiner to die, so instead the doorbell rings again.
Sophia (Anna Maria Mühe) has agreed to meet her ex-boyfriend at his mother Lore’s (Johanna Gastdorf) birthday party. They decide to make the journey together, a trip that ends with Reiner meeting his seven-year-old son Johnny (Matteo Kanngiesser) again, who he hasn’t seen in ages. And all under the strict eye of God (Josef Ostendorf) and Archangel Michaela (Lina Beckmann).