Jule is a waitress who can’t make ends meet. She moves in with her boyfriend Peter and his friend Jan, two young men united by their passion to change the world. But Jule has a secret: a past auto accident has burdened her with a lifetime of debt to successful businessman, Hardenberg. Peter and Jan also have a secret: they are the notorious “Edukators,” mysterious perpetrators who break into expensive homes as an act of political rebellion. While Peter is away on holiday, the feelings between Jan and Jule intensify. They impulsively break into Hardenberg’s home. But their growing passion has made them careless and when they’re forced to return to the villa the following night to retrieve a forgotten cell phone, Hardenberg surprises them. They have no choice but to call Peter for help, even if it means him discovering their betrayal. The trio decide to kidnap Hardenberg and hide in the mountains. It is here where ideals will be tested with passion and rage as generations collide and loyalties will shatter.
Hans Weingartner, born November 2, 1970, in the Austrian town of Feldkirch, studied physics, brain research, and neurosurgery in Vienna and Berlin from 1990 to 1997. In 1993/94, he simultaneously earned a diploma as a camera assistent in Vienna. In 1997, Weingartner enrolled at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and graduated in 2001 with the drama “Das weiße Rauschen” (“The White Sound”). Highly praised by many critics, “Das weiße Rauschen” won several awards, including the 2001 “Max Ophuels Prize”, the award as “Best movie debut” of the Association of film critics, and the 2001 First Steps Award. Thanks to his intensive performance as a schizophrenic, leading actor Daniel Brühl, virtually over night, became one of the most sought-after actors of German cinema.
Weingartner’s second film, “Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei” (“The Edukators”), was shown in the competition of the 2004 Cannes film festival, as the first German language film in the competition in eleven years. From… read more