THE FOURTH ESTATE
Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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Freelance journalist Jan Schulte hopes for a job at the online portal of Berlin newspaper “Die Republik” when he discovers a potential scandal. Federal minister of health Elisabeth Stade apparently helped her brother’s search for a heart transplant by moving him up the waiting list illegally. But then Schulte’s colleague Britta claims the compromising material is a fake. Editor-in-chief Weishaupt and publisher Winter refuse to run the article. As Jan keeps on digging into the scandal, investigating state secretary Katharina Pflüger and political advisor Frank Gruber, his evidence is suddenly stolen from the newspaper office, and soon a competing tabloid breaks the story…

tags: Work, Politics, Crime/Murder, Feature film

Cast: Benno Fürmann, Franziska Weisz, Jördis Triebel, Oliver Masucci, Devid Striesow

Credits

Screenplay: Jochen Bitzer

Director of Photography: Ngo The Chau

Film Editor: David J. Rauschning

Composer: Julian Maas, Christoph M. Kaiser

Production Designer: Andreas Olshausen

Costume Design: Cornelia Streiter

Sound: Carsten Arnolds

Producer: Georg Feil, Dagmar Rosenbauer

Production Company: Cinecentrum Berlin Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH

Director: Brigitte Maria Bertele

Editor: Christian Granderath, Christoph Pellander

TV channel: Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Arte

biography

Brigitte Maria Bertele was born in Ulm 1974, studied drama at the Academy for Performing Arts in Ulm and then acted on stage in Eisenach, Parchim and Dresden 1997 to 2002. She studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg 2002 to 2007. Her film BORDER WALK premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2013, and went on to win the Adolf Grimme Prize 2014.