The Forest for the Trees

The Forest for the Trees

Director: Maren Ade Cast: Eva Löbau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann


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A recent college graduate on her first teaching assignment finds her initial optimism quickly dashed due to the indifference of her students and the bitter cynicism of her fellow educators. Melanie (Eva Löbau) is a fresh-faced teacher who's eager to get in the classroom and share her enthusiasm for learning, but in order to get her career off the ground she'll first have to leave all of her loved ones in the country and establish herself in the city. Despite being exceptionally well-read on all the latest educational theory, however, Melanie quickly finds herself caught up in a hopeless wave of loneliness after arriving at the high school and getting a harsh dose of reality; not only are her students more unruly than she could have ever imagined, but the worn-down staffers seem intent on ensuring that she is dragged directly down to their level of misery and general malaise. Later, Melanie attempts to strike up a relationship with her neighbor Tina (Daniela Holtz), only to find herself unable to abide by the strict social codes of her strange new surroundings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
UPC: 0616892697329
Original Release: 2003
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 41,444

Special Features

This Month's Short Film: Estes Avenue, dir. Paul Cotter

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eva Löbau Melanie Pröschle
Daniela Holtz Tina Schaffner
Jan Neumann Thorsten Rehm
Ilona Schulz Actor
Robert Schupp Tobias
Nina Fiedler Bine
Martina Eckrich Renate Pföhler
Ruth Köppler Elvira Fischer-Walter
Hans-Rüdiger Kucich Gerd Postweller
Heinz Röser-Dümmig Lutger Reinhardt
Achim Enchelmaier Bernd
Monika Hirschie Melanie's Mother
Volker Jeck Melanie's Father
Hans-Peter Gastiger Recycler
Andreas Bornhardt Garden Centre Worker
Siegfried Schneider Herr Meiser
Alexander Ajdinski Class 9 Student
Manuel Buchmüller Class 9 Student
Carolin Deck Class 9 Student
Tobias Eicker Class 9 Student
Franziska Fischer Class 9 Student
Giuliano Fiume Class 9 Student
Verena Gerstner Class 9 Student
Tina Grund Class 9 Student
Felix Heil Class 9 Student
Axel Hottenträger Class 9 Student
Gabor Katai Class 9 Student
Alexandra Klett Class 9 Student
Robin Maier Class 9 Student
Verena Sallinger Class 9 Student
Nadine Scheer Class 9 Student
Patrick Schrimpf Class 9 Student
Fabienne Stichnoth Class 9 Student
Dominik Tuminello Class 9 Student
Philipp Vajsman Class 9 Student
Lena Wacker Class 9 Student
Felix Weigel Class 9 Student
Jessica Weingärtner Class 9 Student
Noemi Weinkötz Class 9 Student
Claire Wiebelt Class 9 Student
Florian Wolf Class 9 Student
Jennifer Wunsch Class 9 Student
Mona Bakkar Class 5 Student
Hannah Bonacker Class 5 Student
Torben Brandauer Class 5 Student
Patrick Braun Class 5 Student
Jan Bühler Class 5 Student
Luisa Caruso Class 5 Student
Michaela Czoupek Class 5 Student
Alexander Diel Class 5 Student
Simon Eich Class 5 Student
Jasmin Fechner Class 5 Student
Nathalie Frey Class 5 Student
Rico Groh Class 5 Student
Janina Heil Class 5 Student
Lukas Hertweck Class 5 Student
Maximilian Hofmann Class 5 Student
Maria Kalinowski Class 5 Student
Markus Kober Class 5 Student
Paulina Lang Class 5 Student
Ramona Look Class 5 Student
Laura Mundle Class 5 Student
Thorsten Meier Class 5 Student
Larissa Nakovics Class 5 Student
Jeremy Nauert Class 5 Student
Vanessa Neu Class 5 Student
Sandra Nusser Class 5 Student
Robin Rexer Class 5 Student
Jassin Schlump Class 5 Student
Clarissa Stransky Class 5 Student
Nick Steidinger Class 5 Student
Stefan Traub Class 5 Student
Patricia Tuminello Class 5 Student
Julia Ulrich Class 5 Student
Mareike Väth Class 5 Student
Carina Zikofsky Class 5 Student

Technical Credits
Maren Ade Director,Screenwriter
Janine Jackowski Dop Producer
Nellis Du Biel Score Composer
Emrah Ertem Casting
Gitti Fuchs Costumes/Costume Designer
Birgit Geier Casting
Wiltrud Goerike Casting
Nikolai Von Graevenitz Cinematographer,Producer
Sabine Holtgreve Editor
Janine Jackowski Producer
Maren Lüthje Production Manager
Heiko Müller Sound Mixer
Heike Parplies Editor
Anett Pohl Makeup
Claudia Schoelzel Production Designer
Claudia Schölzel Production Designer
Eric Ségol Art Director
Ina Siefert Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Forest for the Trees
1. New Start [3:50]
2. First Bell [6:24]
3. Meeting Tina [4:31]
4. Tobias [6:43]
5. Visiting [5:59]
6. Give Me a Ring [6:23]
7. Party [6:20]
8. Lunch [7:28]
9. Vacation [8:08]
10. Leave, Now! [12:24]
11. What's Going On? [11:05]
12. Credits [:35]

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