Strokes of fate have taken their toll on the ageing cabaret singer Ruth and the seriously ill young Jonas. Yet despite their great age difference and their entirely opposite lifetime experiences, they form an intense bond and give each other a reason and purpose to live.
Auf das Leben!, which translates into English as To Life! and into Hebrew as L’Chaim!, the celebrated Jewish toast, is the unashamedly Harold-and-Maude-like story of two very unlikely individuals. Starring the grande dame of German cinema, Hannelore Elsner, and Max Riemelt, one of the most acclaimed young stars of German and international films.
The ageing cabaret singer Ruth is a sarcastic but very warm-hearted woman, who despite her traumatic childhood has both feet planted firmly in the midst of life. It is only when her apartment is foreclosed, along with her musical instrument workshop, that her flame flickers and pales. Jonas, meanwhile, is 29 and lives in a minibus after splitting up with his girlfriend. Fighting the first signs of serious illness, he has given up his employment training scheme and, fully aware he is heading down a one-way street, seeks distraction in an excessive lifestyle. A brief encounter between the two quickly becomes a deep bond. Soon they are not afraid to adopt even the most unusual measures and to help each other back on their feet…
- Format Fiction
- Year of Production 2013
- Duration 01:26:00
- Country of origin Germany
- Produced by CCC Filmkunst GmbH
- Intended Distribution Made for Cinema
- Intended Audiences General Audience
Cast & Crew
- Director Uwe Janson
- Key Talent Hannelore Elsner, Max Riemelt, Sharon Brauner, Aylin Tezel, Andreas Schmidt,
Catherine Flemming, Mathieu Carrière, Markus Maria Profitlich
- Producer Alice Brauner.
- Coproducer Michael Zechbauer/MZ-Film GmbH
- Writer Thorsten Wettcke
- Director Photography Peter Joachim Krause
- Sub titleEnglish
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Green light for the theatrical production “Ruth” (AT) by Alice Brauner: The Media Board Berlin-Brandenburg supports the project of the CCC Filmkunst with 150,000 euros, more money comes from the Film Foundation NRW (200,000 euros) from the DFFF and the FFA as well as from the co-production partners ZDF, Arte and MZ Michael Zechbauer film. Filming is expected to start soon.
For the main roles producer Brauner could commit Hannelore Elsner and Max Riemelt. The cast also includes Sharon Brauner, Andreas Schmidt and Aylin Tezel. Director will be Uwe Janson, his TV-Movie “Minister” is currently nominated for the German Television Award. The screenplay for “Ruth” wrote Grimme Award winner Thorsten Wettcke after a presentation by Stephen Glantz. It was revised by Volker Kellner.
The music will be composed by Martin Stock, who already got marvellous critics for his composition for the last CCC production WUNDERKINDER.
DoP is Peter Joachim Krause, highly praised for his TV-Event-Movie “Heroes – Your Country Needs You” (RTL 3.10.13), who worked together as Second Unit DoP in some Roland Emmerich movies like “Independence Day”, “Godzilla” and “Stargate”.
Filming will begin in November, is expected to be shot in Berlin and Nordrhein-Westfalen. The German Distributor Camino Filmverleih will release “Ruth” probably in 2014, Global Screen is in charge of world sales.
The dramedy tells the story of Ruth, an elderly, sharp-tongued woman with traumatic childhood experiences that meets Jonas, a desperate young man who has actually completed with his life. The chance encounter developed for both a very special relationship.