The Murder Farm
by Bettina Oberli
Deep within a blue-black fir forest lies the secluded murder farm. It was here that the entire Danner family, including their children and the new servant, were brutally murdered with a pickaxe. No one in the village heard or saw a thing, and yet no one was surprised: old man Danner was a tyrant and a miser who fell out with everyone in the village; his deeply pious wife spoke to no one; and they say old Danner fathered the children of his daughter Barbara ...
Two years later, when the 26-year-old nurse Kathrin turns up in the village, the killer has still not been found. She soon discovers that behind the tightly woven web of lies and silence lays a deep sense of guilt in the village and she realizes that this case has much more to do with her than she would have liked to admit...
Bettina Oberli was born 1972 in Interlaken in Switzerland. She studied Film/Video at the School of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ) from 1995 to 2000, graduating with a degree in directing. She worked in New York as a prop assistant with the actor and director Steve Buscemi on a music video for Lou Reed and with Hal Hartley on his feature film »Henry Fool«. She also worked as an assistant-director and assistant cinematographer on various advertising films as well as a casting assistant for Swiss television DRS.
In 2004, she received the International Lake Constance Conference's subsidiary award. After several award-winning short films, her first feature-length film »Im Nordwind« celebrated its premiere in the same year at the San Sebastian film Festival. The film received the Zurich Film Award and was nominated for the Swiss Film Award for Best Film. Bettina Oberli also received the NDR Director's Award in Schwerin.
Her second feature film »Late Bloomers« (Die Herbstzeitlosen, 2006), about four high-spirited, fun-loving retired women who bring chaos to a sleepy village, became the biggest box office success of the year in Switzerland and was also a surprise number one audience favorite in Germany, attracting almost a quarter of a million viewers.
Bettina Oberli lives with her husband Stéphane Kuthy and two children in Zurich.
Julia Jentsch - Kathrin
Monica Bleibtreu - Traudl Krieger
Volker Bruch - Johann Hauer
Filip Peeters - Georg Hauer
Gundi Ellert - Ruth Hauer
Vitus Zeplichal - Danner
Lisa Kreuzer - Dannerin
Brigitte Hobmeier - Barbara Danner
Director: Bettina Oberli
Script writer: Petra Lüschow
Based on the novel by Andrea Maria Schenkel
Producer: Hejo Emons, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel, Kristina Löbbert
Director of Photography: Stéphane Kuthy
Editor: Mike Schaerer
Art Director: Christiane Krumwiede
Casting: Susanne Ritter
Costumes: Anne Pedersen
Music Composer: Johan Söderqvist
A production of Wüste Film West GmbH
In co-production with Constantin Film AG, Hugofilm Productions GmbH
Format: 35mm / 24fps / 1:2,35 / Colour / Dolby Digital SR Ex
Length: 97 min.
Original language: German
Original title: Tannöd