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16th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

Grave decisions
Germany | 2006 | 102min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical


In a small Bavarian town and a bastion of Catholic tradition, the mischievous 11-year-old Sebastian is shocked to learn the fact that he killed his mother at the age of 0. She died the day he was born. Sebastian is terrified by the thought of spending years in purgatory. Hoping to knock off a few years by doing good deeds, he sets up himself with two missions: becoming the greatest rocker in the world and setting out to find a wife for his dad. The heavens must be listening, since Sebastian’s father and his teacher Veronika both fall madly in love with each other. The only problem is: she is married. Sebastian decides to kill the teacher s husband, though things never quite go the way he intends. With its wry humor that twists sorrow into smiles and a fine performance by a child actor, the film stirs together melancholy, laughter and fantasy into a superb concoction. Juxtaposed against the lovely rural countryside, the original score composed and performed by German musician Gerd Baumann also enlivens the film. While skillfully addressing such heavy issues as death, murder, immortality and purgatory, director/writer Marcus H. Rosenmuller never loses the light-hearted touch. Keep in mind that the original German title translates into

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Marcus H. Rosenmuller

Born in 1973, Bavaria, Germany. In 2003, he finished his studies at the School of Film and Television in Munich. During his studying time, he directed short films such as (2000), (2001) and (2003). In addition, he was responsible, in cooperation with Joseph Vilsmaier, for the documentary film . His latest movie is .

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