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American Women's Club of Hamburg

Happy Burnout

Germany 2017
Opening April 27, 2017

Directed by: André Erkau
Writing credits: Gernot Gricksch
Principal actors: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Anke Engelke, Julia Koschitz, Michael Wittenborn, Kostja Ullmann, Torben Liebrecht, Ulrike Krumbiegel, Victoria Trauttmansdorff

Happy BurnoutAndreas Poschka (Möhring), better known as Fussel, lives in a small, messy apartment in Hamburg. Although already 43 years old, he resists work and responsibility (which results in him losing contact with his young daughter). The German financial support Harz IV is his idea of “work”; he just needs to convince his social worker Frau Linde (Trauttmansdorff) to continue the payments, something she finds hard to do, considering that he does not adhere to the regulations associated with this type of support. However, she truly delights in his presence, and arranges for him to go to a sanatorium – diagnosis: burnout. His caretakerr there, Alexandra (Engelke), has difficulties getting this skinny punk with the longish red hair to settle in with his roommate Günther (Wittenborn). Gradually he meets other patients such as Datty (Ullmann) a puppeteer, Anatol (Liebrecht), a real estate agent, and Merle (Koschitz), mother of four. The head of the clinic, Dr. Gunst (Krumbiegel) realizes that Fussel’s problems are not due to burnout; she also recognizes his potential to help others and makes a deal, or as Fussel says, “What! I’m supposed to be an uncover therapist?”  

The film features some of Germany’s most talented actors at the moment. You will recognize them from other films, from television, and also from theater. Three of the actors have had experience in three of Hamburg’s main theaters. That, alone, is a recommendation. It is also gives room for thought about maturity and responsibility. Woton Wilke Möhring is wonderful. As he said,” I used to be a punk myself when growing up. In this role I could go back to myself 30 years ago when I wore combat boots and tight jeans and had a Mohawk hair-do. ” He should stick to these roles – much better than his character as detective in the “Tatort” TV series. Filmed in Schloss Körtlinghausen in Nordrhein Westfalen and Hamburg‘s Schanzenviertel. (

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