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Sleeping Sickness


Directed by Ulrich Köhler
Germany, 2011


Sleeping Sickness is a film about western expatriates working in the humanitarian sector. Ebbo and Vera Velten, both 50, have been living in Africa for so long that they have become alienated from their own country without having become part of the African society they live in.

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Sleeping Sickness
Directed by Ulrich Köhler

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: Best Director (Competition)

2011 | Golden Berlin Bear

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2011 | 3rd place: Best Undistributed Film

BFI London Film Festival

2011 | Cinema Europa

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