Felix Hassenfratz

„Der Verdacht”, 2007
movie, 25 Min.

„Der Verdacht”

Conny lives with her husband in a small German village. She has lived there all her life and is strongly rooted in her community. Conny and her husband Udo run a traditional bakery and she sings in the local church choir. She leads a very content and simple life.
Until one day, her husband is questioned about the murder of a young woman found dead three months before. Apparently, he had been the last person to see her alive. From then on Conny’s world is plagued by rumours and the suspicions of her neighbours, family and friends. Her love for him gives her strength to fight the rumours and her own suspicions for a short time.

The short feature SUSPECT is the final graduation project of director Felix Hassenfratz and producer Mathias Casanova at the ifs internationale filmschule köln. The film is set in southern German province with original “badisch” dialect and a co-production with the broadcast stations SWR & ARTE, supported by the film fund Filmstiftung NRW.

Awards for „Der Verdacht” / SUSPECT Filmfestival St. Petersburg – 2008 Wendland Shorts – Goldener Storch: Prize of the jury – Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award: Best Screenplay – The film rating agency FBW labeled the movie "of special merit" – Shortfilm of the month of the FBW – Prize of the jury at the Filmfestival Landshut – Montreal World Film Festival – Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis – Int. Film Festival Emden - FILMZ Festival of German Cinema – “sehsüchte” Int. Student Filmfestival Potsdam – TV: SWR/arte


*1981 in Heilbronn, Germany | 2002-2004 producer & author for broadcast magazines | since 2003 shortfilms, works as set photographer and director for corporate film & advertising | 2004-2007 Film Studies in Film Directing, ifs internationale filmschule köln | Degree: B.A. “Bachelor of Arts” in Film Directing

Filmography Direction

2008 A TRIANGLE DIALOGUE – SAGAN – ZAGAN [Documentary / Polish-German-Israeli Co-production with arte/SWR / work in progress] also Writer, P: M. Andernach | 2007 Der Verdacht / SUSPECT [Fiction / ARTE / WDR] also Writer, P: M. Casanova | 2006 Der blecherne Lemming / THE TIN LEMMING [Fiction] also Co-Writer with Ch. Hütter, P: F. Müssener | Der Bäcker war’s / THE BAKER DID IT [Documentary] also Writer & Producer | Herzton / HEARTTONE [Fiction] Writer: C. Fernandez-Gil, P: K. Hohendahl | 2005 REFLECTION [Documentary] German-Polish omnibus film in coproduction with the Anzej Waida School Warschau | EPISODE 1-3 [Documentary] also Writer, Producer, DoP together with M. Sehr, C. Fernandez-Gil | 2004 infinity [Fiction] also Writer & Producer | ART DRINKS IN THE CITY [Portrait] Editor | 2003 PICK A BLUES [Concert - Portrait]

Festivals and Awards (Selection)

2007 Der Bäcker war’s / THE BAKER DID IT unlimited filmfestival cologne: honorable mention of the jury – Int. Dokfestival Munich – Medienforum NRW | 2006 Herzton / HEARTTONE NIL short film prize: Best Film – Int. Silk Road Filmfestival, Turkey - Filmfestival Emden – Cinema Festival Lünen | Reflection 56. Berlinale – Talent-Campus 2006 – screenings in Poland & Germany, e. g. Cinema Muranow Warsaw | 2005 Episode 1-3 Filmbar Museum Ludwig, Cologne – documentary exhibition „stranger than fiction”



Participants 2008 A-Z