117 mins.(German; 2013) in German with English subtitles. Digital projection.
Based on a true story. Gisela Werler is 30, single, works in a wallpaper factory, and lives with her parents in modest circumstances. A humdrum middle-class life, no different than that of countless other young women in West Germany in the 1960s. But she has a dream: Capri. And it finally seems within reach when she meets the charming Hermann, cab driver and bank robber. She falls for him, quick and hard. Begs him to take her with him on his bank heists and proves to be a gifted, if not quite cold-blooded, robber of her own. It's the beginning of a notorious new duo, the Bonnie and Clyde of suburban Hamburg. And the start of Gisela Werler's secret life as the "Banklady". Though stylized as a sexy, gun-toting robber queen with bags full of money, Gisela always remains polite and avoids bloodshed. One step behind her is Inspector Fischer, who is relentlessly pursuing the pair. The main danger to Gisela and Hermann, however, is their passionate love affair, which makes them reckless. Throwing caution to the winds, they rob one of the most well-guarded banks in the Hamburg area. But Fischer and his men are close by...
Director: Christian Alvart Cast: Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hübner, Ken Duken, Andreas Schmidt, Heinz Hoenig, Henny Reents, Niels Bruno Schmidt Screenwriters: Kai Hafemeister, Christoph Silber Producers: Siegfried Kamml, Christian Alvart DoP: The Chau Ngo Editor: Christian Alvart, Sebastian Bonde World Sales: Global Screen, Munich
Director Christian Alvart was born in Jugenheim and began at an early age to develop a fascination with, and love for, cinema and television. From 1991 to 1997 he worked at the X-Tro film magazine. In 1999 he wrote, produced and directed his official debut film Curiosity & the Cat, for which he obtained a nomination for the Max Ophüls Award. He subsequently developed scripts for the TV series Der Puma and Wolffs Revier, and served as director, author and co-producer of the multiple award-winning film Antikörper. Alvart also directed the Hollywood productions Case 39 with Renée Zellweger a.o., and Pandorum with Dennis Quaid. Next to these international cinema projects, he directed the TV movie 8 Uhr 28 and the Kiel "Tatort" episode "Borowski und der coole Hund" for the Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Alvart has been working on the filming of Captain Future since 2010. In 2012 he directed not only the new Hamburg "Tatort," but also a further Kiel-based "Tatort" episode, "Borowski und der stille Gast" as well as the feature film Banklady.
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