Dr Martin Harris has come to rain-soaked Berlin for a biotechnology conference. But no sooner does he step into a taxi than he is involved in a bad accident. The taxi driver, Gina, succeeds in saving the unconscious Harris from drowning but because she lives illegally in Germany, she runs off before the police arrive.
When Dr Harris wakes up from his coma he finds himself all bandaged up in a hospital bed. ‘Identity unknown’ says the sign at the foot of his bed. For Harris this marks the beginning of a nightmare: his wife Liz no longer recognizes him and another man has taken his place – claiming to be not just her husband but also the renowned scientist who is to hold an important lec- ture at the conference. As if that weren’t bad enough, Harris is also being pursued by a hit man. He even begins to doubt his own sanity. What on earth has happened to him?
In order to try to get back his old life, he sets off in search of Gina; through her he meets former Stasi agent Jürgen who has come across the surprising information that Dr Harris ‘is not the person he believes himself to be’. But, before he can discuss this with Martin, he is murdered. Once again, Harris and Gina find themselves completely alone in their bid to save his identity – moreover, they are up against some powerful adversaries. –Berlinale
Jaume Collet-Serra (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒawmə kuˈʎɛt ˈsɛrə]) (born March 23, 1974 in Sant Iscle de Vallalta, Spain) is a Catalan film director and producer. Collet-Serra is most famous for the 2005 remake House of Wax, and 2009’s Orphan. In 2011 he directed drama-thriller Unknown which opened at #1 at the box office.
Growing up in Barcelona, filmmaker Collet-Serra always found himself watching the American movies that played at the local theater. In an interview he said: “I grew up learning a lot about American culture from the movies I watched. “That’s why now I can make American movies for American audiences.”. His love for movies led him to attend film school at Columbia College in Los Angeles in the early 90s. Soon after graduating, Collet-Serra began his career as an editor before moving on to direct music videos and television commercials for companies such as PlayStation, Budweiser, and Verizon.
In 2005, Collet-Serra was given an opportunity to direct his first… read more
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