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Since its inception nearly two decades ago, Luxembourg audiovisual pioneer Paul Thiltges Distributions & PTD Studio has grown into one of the country's busiest and most prolific production and distribution companies.

Founded in 1993 by Paul Thiltges, the company has participated as producer, co-producer or sales agent for more than 60 productions in a wide range of genres including fiction films, documentaries and animated films and series.

PTD has achieved significant milestones over its nearly 20 years: the first European animated feature to be distributed in the U.S. by Disney/Miramax ("The Blue Arrow") ; a film selected by 35 festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Locarno ("Megacities", "Workingman's Death") ; and a 2-million box office success in France ("Kirikou and the Sorceress").

Now Paul Thiltges and his partner, David Grumbach, who joined the company in 2005, are embarking in a new phase in PTD's development, producing, as delegate producer, their first film projects with foreign directors and audience-drawing potential on a broad international scale. Paul Thiltges and David Grumbach are a natural pairing of skills and talents, particularly as the company launches a new stage of expansion.

Paul Thiltges now focuses on international distribution strategy, as well as documentary and animation projects.

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Together, they not only have arranged cross-border, co-production financing but are increasingly active as creative and line producers. Over the past years, their position in Europe's geographic heartland and Luxembourg's film financing advantages have helped them develop unique expertise in all phases of international film finance and production - hiring key crew members, script development, casting, shooting, post-production and marketing strategy.

Their editorial line has been simple and direct: They make films they believe in, across genres, styles and nationalities. As long as a film is captivating, they then transfer their passion and knowledge into it.



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DER FÜRSORGER (THE WELFARE WORKER)

Film
Film
Original Title (If different): 
DER FÜRSORGER
Language: 
German
Production country: 
Switzerland
Running time (In minutes): 
94
Theme: 
Comedy
Category/Format: 
Fiction Features
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
please visit http://fuersorger.ch
Production year: 
August, 2009
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Lutz Konermann, born in Bardenberg, Germany, in 1958, has been living and working in Switzerland for the past twenty years. He is married to film scholar Barbara Flückiger and has a daughter, Silvana. As a member of the board of FOCAL, the Swiss Foundation for Continuous Training in Audiovisual Skills, and of the Swiss Association of Film Directors and Screenwriters, FDS, he has actively contributed to the shaping of the Swiss film landscape. Since its foundation in 1991, Konermann has taught film directing and cinematography at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. In 1999 he was appointed director of the Swiss tv-content-development programme „Fernsehfilme SF DRS” and has since accompanied and stimulated the upswing of swiss-spoken films. On top of his teaching activities, Lutz Konermann has worked as an actor, director, cinematographer and screenwriter for 25 years. Because of his participation in over one hundred film and television productions of various types, genres and formats, he also possesses hands-on experience in the editing, producing and distributing field.

Film director: 
Lutz KONERMANN
Producer: 
Rolf SCHMID (FAMA FILM)
About the Producer: 
<p> Die <strong>FAMA FILM AG </strong>wurde 1987 in Bern gegründet und ist in die Geschäftsbereiche Produktion und Verleih gegliedert. Firmensitz ist Zürich (seit Januar 2000, vorher Bern). Die FAMA FILM AG produziert und realisiert unabhängige Dokumentar- und Spielfilme für Kino und Fernsehen sowie Auftragsfilme im öffentlichen und sozialen Bereich. Die Produktionstätigkeit der FAMA FILM AG beinhaltet namentlich auch die Akquisition von Stoffen und Drehbüchern, die dramaturgische und/oder produktionelle Beratung von RegisseurInnen und AutorInnen sowie das Engagement im Rahmen von Co-Produktionen in- und ausländischer Filmprojekte (<a href="http://www.famafilm.ch/">www.famafilm.ch</a>). </p> <p> <strong>Filme (Auswahl)</strong>: </p> <p> 2009 Zwerge sprengen (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Christof Schertenleib) <br /> 2009 Der Fürsorger (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Lutz Konermann <br /> 2007 Die Tunisreise (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Bruno Moll) <br /> 2006 Feierabend (Kurzspielfilm, Regie: Alex E. Kleinberger) <br /> 2004 Fremde im Paradies (Fernsehspielfilm, Regie: Manuel Siebenmann) <br /> 2004 chyenne (Kurzspielfilm, Regie: Alexander Meier) <br /> 2004 La femme de Gilles (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Frédéric Fonteyne) <br /> 2004 Lücken im Gesetz (Fernsehspielfilm, Regie: Christof Schertenleib) <br /> 2004 Cattolica (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Rudolph Jula) <br /> 2003 Böse Zellen (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Barbara Albert) <br /> 2003 Globi (Animationsfilm, Regie: Robi Engler) <br /> 2002 Züri West – am Blues vorus (Kino-Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Annina Furrer/Regula Begert) <br /> 2002 Bunker (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Martina Reuter/Gavin Hodge) <br /> 2002 Le Club des Chômeurs (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Andy Bausch) <br /> 2002 Ibiza (Kurzspielfilm, Regie: Bettina Oberli) <br /> 2002 Brombeerchen (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Oliver Rihs) <br /> 1999 Nordrand (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Barbara Albert) <br /> 1999 Une liaison pornographique (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Frédéric Fonteyne) <br /> 1999 Grosse Gefühle (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Christof Schertenleib) <br /> 1998 Megacities (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Michael Glawogger) <br /> 1998 Elles (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Luis Galvao Teles) <br /> 1996 La Freccia Azzurra (Der Blaue Pfeil, Zeichentrickfilm, Regie: Enzo d'Alò) <br /> 1995 Stille Nacht (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Dani Levy) <br /> 1995 Liebe Lügen (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Christof Schertenleib) <br /> 1994 Der Stand der Bauern (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Christian Iseli) <br /> 1993 Deckname: Rosa (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Heidi Specogna) <br /> 1992 I was on Mars (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Dani Levy) <br /> 1991 Tania la Guerrillera (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Heidi Specogna) <br /> 1990 Die zukünftigen Glückseligkeiten (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Fred van der Kooij) <br /> 1989 Johnny Sturmgewehr (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Ueli Mamin) <br /> 1988 RobbyKallePaul (Kinospielfilm, Regie: Dani Levy) <br /> 1988 Le terroriste suisse (Dokumentarfilm, Regie: Christian Iseli) </p> <p> “Der Fürsorger” wurde in Co-Produktion mit der luxemburgischen Produktionsfirma Paul Thiltges Distributions PTD (www.ptd.lu) und der deutschen Produktionsfirma elsani Film GmbH (www.elsani.de) realisiert. </p>
Screenplay: 
Lutz KONERMANN & Felix BENESCH
Editing: 
Thierry FABER
Film photographer: 
Sten MENDE
Sound: 
Laurent BARBEY
Music: 
Anselme PAU
Art Director: 
Heidi LÜDI
Costume: 
Isabelle DICKES
Decor: 
François DICKES
Cast 1: 
Roeland WIESNEKKER
Cast 2: 
Katharina WACKERNAGEL
Cast 3: 
Johanna BANTZER
Cast 4: 
Claude DE DEMO
Cast 5: 
Andrea GUYER
Film synopsis: 
Welfare worker Hans-Peter Stalder possesses the secret code to happiness: a money-multiplying strategy which promises incredible wealth to its hand-picked investors and a subsequent life of leisure and luxury. There’s only one downside to his story: it’s entirely made up of lies and the only one who really benefits from it is Stalder himself. For thirteen years the notorious conman and womanizer fools his guileless victims and tricks the authorities, embezzling millions and taking women’s hearts by storm. But when a stupid mistake trips him up, the time has come for confession – big-time confession.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Over $1 Million
Actual Budget: 
3 mio euro
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
35 mm
Format Ratio: 
1:1.85
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
HDCAM, DigiBeta
Number of reels: 
6
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009
MAX OPHÜLS FILMPREIS 2010

Awards received: 
--
Film reviews: 
<a href="http://www.cineman.ch/fr/movie/2009/DerFuersorger/review.html">http://www.cineman.ch/fr/movie/2009/DerFuersorger/review.html</a> <a href="http://www.cinemabuch.ch/p662.html">http://www.cinemabuch.ch/p662.html</a> <br /> <a href="http://www.filmsprung.ch/wordpress/?p=4739">http://www.filmsprung.ch/wordpress/?p=4739</a> <br /> <a href="http://www.bluewin.ch/fr/index.php/100,199319/Der_Fuersorger/fr/entertainment/cinema/">http://www.bluewin.ch/fr/index.php/100,199319/Der_Fuersorger/fr/entertainment/cinema/</a>  
Film distribution
Theatre: 
Open
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
International: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
PAUL THILTGES DISTRIBUTIONS
Address: 
45, BOULEVARD PIERRE FRIEDEN L-1543 LUXEMBOURG
Email: 
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
PAUL THILTGES DISTRIBUTIONS
publicity address: 
45, BOULEVARD PIERRE FRIEDEN L-1543 LUXEMBOURG
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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