High Spirits (Süßer Rausch)

Event: 16. & 17. October 2022 | 8:15 pm | ZDF

High Spirits is a story about friendship and love, family dependencies and quarrels, failed life plans and new beginnings.

High Spirits is a female-driven family drama from award-winning director Sabine Derflinger that tells the story of the wavering, collapse and resurgence of a family dynasty centered on three strong women who hold all the cards. The two-parter centers on three strong women and the actors who portray them are powerhouses in their own right: Leslie Malton, Désirée Nosbusch and Suzanne von Borsody.

Julia, Ricarda and Constanze are connected through their traditional grappa distillery. Julia is the twin sister of Karl, the patriarch of the family business. Ricarda is his wife, Constanze his ex-wife. However, their love for the head of the family is the only thing the three have in common. When Karl dies unexpectedly, well-kept secrets emerge, and it seems impossible to reach an agreement on his inheritance. A battle breaks out that deeply divides all involved: the repercussions of Karl's machinations plunge the family deeper and deeper into ruin.  The next generation, Ricarda's daughters, Julia's son and his wife, seem doomed, but Julia, Ricarda and Constanze fight, each in their own way, to free themselves from the past.

Picture: Massimo Fabris

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Constanze (Suzanne von Borsody) befindet sich nach vielen Rückschlägen emotional am Boden.

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Ricarda Preus (Désirée Nosbusch) hält ihre Krebserkrankung vor ihrer gesamten Familie geheim.

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Ricardas (Désirée Nosbusch, r.) Versuch, ein Bündnis mit Constanze (Suzanne von Borsody, l.) und Julia (Leslie Malton, M.) zu schmieden und so die Führung bei Preus Brand zu erlangen, scheitert.

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Die Familiengeheimnisse belasten auch Lilly (Alina Levshin) und Jakobs (Hannes Wegener) Ehe.

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Karl Preus (Sven-Eric Bechtolf, M.) feiert seinen 60. Geburtstag mit der gesamten Familie. Da sind Konflikte vorprogrammiert.

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Karl (Sven-Eric Bechtolf) und Dorothea (Susanne Wuest) verbindet ein dunkles Geheimnis.

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Hans (Rainer Bock, l.), Marguerite (Antonia Bill, 4. v. r.), Simone (Lilly Charlotte Dreesen, r.), Robert (Hilmi Sözer, 2. v. l.), Lilly (Alina Levshin, 3. v. r.), Constanze (Suzanne von Borsody, 3. v. l.), Julia (Leslie Malton, 4. v. l.) und Ricarda (Désirée Nosbusch, 2. v. r.) sind eine große, aber nicht immer glückliche Familie.
 

Foto: Massimo Fabris

Leslie Malton, Désirée Nosbusch und Suzanne von Borsody über den Film:

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer

Doris Zander

Production Funding

Regione Veneto - POR FESR 3.3.2 2020

Broadcaster

ZDF

Commissioning Editor

Katharina Görtz

Screenplay

Sathyan Ramesh

Director

Sabine Derflinger

Director of Photography

Peter Joachim Krause

Cast

Désirée Nosbusch, Leslie Malton, Suzanne von Borsody, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Rainer Bock, Hilmi Sözer, Lilly Charlotte Dreesen, Antonia Bill, Anton Spieker, Hannes Wegener, Alina Levshin, Susanne Wuest, Jörg Schüttauf, Helmfried von Lüttichau, Marie Anne Fliegel, Oliver Mommsen, Teresa Harder

Casting

Siegfried Wagner

Line Producer

Sandra Vogelbacher

Unit Production Manager

Lisa Schmidt

Production Coordinator

Florian Granert

Set Design

Ina Peichl, Susanna Codognato

Costume Design

Isabella Derflinger

Make-Up

Jana Filipp, Babette Broeseke, Consuelo Vitturi

Music

Martina Eisenreich

Editor

Britta Nahler