Reclaim your brainReclaim your brain

by Hans Weingartner

Reclaim your brain

Synopsis

Successful TV producer Rainer has it all: big salary, luxurious penthouse, high life, hot car, even hotter girlfriend. The 30-something go-getter has reached the top by creating TV shows of the most stupid and vulgar kind. In his latest hit, a man gets the privilege of fathering a woman's child if his spermatozoid wins a microscopic race to fertilize an ovum! One day, mysterious young woman Pegah vengefully drives full speed into Rainer's car. After this near-death experience, Rainer has a major change of heart and decides to produce a thought-provoking news show for his station's prime-time lineup. Devastated by the show's poor ratings, Rainer quits his job and embarks on an investigation of the audience measurement system that keeps intelligence-insulting programs at Number One. Teaming up with the beautiful Pegah and a gang of unemployed social misfits, Rainer sets out to prove that a conspiracy surrounds the boxes used in select households to estimate audience percentage. Determined to fight television's dumbing down of society, Rainer and his new friends eventually go all the way with an intricate and ingenious plan to get the public interested in quality cultural programs. But the station execs who live off audience hunger for brainless TV are not willing to give up what they have ruthlessly built over the years ...

Director

Hans Weingartner strives for democracy as well as humour and positive thinking in his filmmaking. His popular second feature, »The Edukators«, was a 2004 Cannes competition entry and was later named Best First Feature by the German Film Critics Association. Weingartner's acclaimed 2001 debut, »The White Sound«, won the prestigious Max Ophüls Prize and was named Best First Feature by the German Film Critics, as well as winning numerous awards for actor Daniel Brühl in the leading role as a young schizophrenic. Austrian-born Weingartner studied neuroscience at the University of Vienna and graduated from the neurosurgical department at the University of Berlin's Steglitz Clinic. During his studies (1991- 97), Weingartner also began working as a camera assistant. He did his post-graduate studies (1997-2001) in filmmaking at Cologne's Academy of Media Arts (KHM).

Filmography:

2007 »Reclaim Your Brain« (Free Rainer)
2004 »The Edukators« (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
2001 »The White Sound« (Das weisse Rauschen)

Cast

Moritz Bleibtreu - Rainer
Elsa Sophie Gambard - Pegah
Milan Peschel - Phillip
Gregor Bloéb - Maiwald
Simone Hanselmann - Anna

Crew

Director: Hans Weingartner
Scriptwriter: Hans Weingartner, Katharina Held
Producers: Hans Weingartner, Antonin Svoboda
Cinematographer: Christine A. Maier
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
Production Design: Udo Kramer
Composer: Andreas Wodraschke, Adem Ilhan
A production of Kahuuna Films
In co-production with Coop99 Filmproduktion
Supported by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, BKM, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, FFA
In cooperation with ORF (Film / Fernsehabkommen)

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 25fps / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 132 Min
Original language: German

Original title: Free Rainer - Dein Fernseher lügt

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