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Activities - 11/07/2016


Sven Taddicken’s ORIGINAL BLISS wins Europa Cinemas KVIFF Label


Sven Taddicken’s ORIGINAL BLISS has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 2016 marks the eleventh time the Label has been awarded in Karlovy Vary. ORIGINAL BLISS will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.


The jury issued the following statement: “First of all, we want to state that it was such an honour to be part of the jury and watch amazing movies which made us discuss, analyse and argue and never left us indifferent. In Original Bliss, Sven Taddicken tells a very accessible story, which we are confident will reach a large audience and moved us to want to see it again. Original Bliss is a daring exploration of faith, deviant addictions and violence told through the encounter between Helen and Eduard - finally a story of acceptance and newfound freedom achieved through mutual trust and understanding. Amazing performances, lively dialogue, and clever humour make Original Bliss a very worthy and original recipient of this year Europa Cinemas Label.”

Sold internationally by Picture Tree International , ORIGINAL BLISS is a Frisbeefilms GmbH & Co KG production.


The script is by Sven Taddicken, Stefanie Veith and Hendrick Hölzemann based on the novel of the same name by A.L. Kennedy. Daniela Knapp is Director of Photography. Editing by Andreas Wodraschke with music by Riad Abdel-Nabi and Wouter Verhulst. The cast includes Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Tukur.

Helene Brindel’s childless marriage bears no traces of happiness, and the somber woman has also lost her faith in God. Liberation from the emotional trap of gloomy thoughts and insomnia has its price, however, when it one day appears in the person of charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck.

Sven Taddicken (b. 1974, Hamburg) studied direction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 1996–2002. The short films he shot while in school won a variety of prizes, including a nomination for a Student Academy Award (Counting Sheep / Schäfchen zählen, 2000). His feature debut Getting My Brother Laid (Mein Bruder, der Vampir, 2001) took the FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam IFF. His next film Emma’s Bliss (Emmas Glück, 2006) was a grand success at festivals and even more so with the general public. In 2008 he contributed one of three segments to the story showcase 1st of May: All Belongs to You (1. Mai – Helden bei der Arbeit). A year later, his historical adventure movie about celebrated 15th-century pirates, 12 Paces without a Head (12 Meter ohne Kopf), saw cinematic release.

The Europa Cinemas jury consisted of four network exhibitors: Aiga Stengrevica - Splendid Palace – Riga (Latvia); Theodora Olivi – Cinema Eldorado - Dijon (France); Jörg Jacob – Union-Studio für Filmkunst - Kaiserslautern (Germany) and Samo Seničar - Mestni kino Metropol – Celje (Slovenia)

The Label is also awarded in Berlin, Venice, Cannes, and will be awarded for the fourth time this year at Locarno.  Recipients of the Label honoured at Karlovy Vary in the past include: Just between us, Piazza Fontana, The Notebook, Free Fall and Babai last year.



From left: Samo Seničar, Theodora Olivi, Sven Taddicken, Aiga Stengrevica & Jörg Jacob.