Karin works in the personnel department for a dishwasher manufacturer in a city in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region, where she is waiting for her big career break. One day, she gets it – unexpected and hard to swallow:
400 people have to be laid off, otherwise the plant will be shut down as per edict by the American parent company. Karin is appointed to assist the man in charge of carrying out the layoffs, Dr. Kruger. To save face publicly, workers are enticed to leave on their own by accepting severance packages or relocation offers. Karin now has her chance and no choice – the factory has to be saved. But getting ahead at the expense of her colleagues puts her in a moral quandary.
It gets worse. She meets Mike, an assembly line worker, who stars on the company soccer team. Leave on their own!? Remove themselves??! Are there no lows the crisis won’t stoop to?! Never ever! Enough is enough! Mike mobilizes the soccer team to show the parent company and Karin’s ‘socially acceptable’ program a straight red. Karin and Mike – two people, two sides. And yet, they fall in love. Head over heels.
Against which they – to stay true to their camps – fight tooth and nail. Karin sticks with Kruger, whom she coaches. He puts her long sought-after career promotion within reach, while also expressing interest in her. Karin’s feelings become more and more mired between the fronts.
“Abseitsfalle” is a love story in the age of globalization, and a story of working-class heroes that use the humor of the desperate to fight against their fate.
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Screenplay: Beatrice Meier
Director: Stefan Hering
Camera: Christof Oefelein
Production design: Cordula Jedamski & Cora Pratz
Costume designer: Frauke Firl
Make up: Astrid Weber
Production management: Claudia Schurian
Editing: Oliver Grothoff
Music: Matthias Hornschuh
Editorial staff SWR: Stefanie Groß
Editorial staff ARTE: Barbara Häbe
Producers: Roswitha Ester & Torsten Reglin
Starring: Bernadette Heerwagen, Sebastian Ströbel, Christoph Bach, with Anja AnSoundowicz, Charlotte Bohning, Fabian Busch, Thomas Goritzki, Isabel Hindersin, Jochen Kolenda, Jürg Löw, Klaus Nierhoff, Dagmar Sachse, Heinrich Schafmeister, Herbert Schäfer, Tim Seyfi, Stephan Szász, Andreas Windhuis, Verena Zimmermann and many more.
In co-production with SWR and ARTE
Distribution: alpha medienkontor
Cinema premiere: 26 September 2013
TV premiere: 03 October 2014 (ARTE) / 01 December 2014 (SWR)
Production supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) and Deutschen Filmförderfonds (DFFF)
Treatment development by the author program at the Internationalen Filmschule Köln in Cologne
Screenplay development supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
46th Hofer Filmtage 2012
23rd Kinofest Lünen 2012 *Winner Berndt-Media-Preis award
4th Kirchliches Filmfestival Recklinghausen
24th Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney
9th Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen *Winner Screenplay award
9th Ahrenshooper Filmnächte
Socially Relevant Film Festival New York 2014