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The Dark Side of the Moon ("Die dunkle Seite des Mondes")

North American Premiere
  • Germany
  • 2015
  • 97 mins
  • DCP
  • German
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection: Hamburg Film Festival 2015, Beijing International Film Festival 2016

The Dark Side of the Moon from Film Fund Luxembourg on Vimeo.

We've all done stupid, maybe even dangerous, things to escape our everyday reality, but have you eaten something that could destroy your life? And the lives of others? Moritz Bleibtreu (RUN LOLA RUN, THE EXPERIMENT, WORLD WAR Z) plays Urs, the cutthroat head of a pharmaceutical company whose success with a hostile takeover does little to soothe his growing disillusionment with his marriage, career and social circle. After his actions cause the suicide of business rival, he meets Lucille (Nora von Waldstätten), a bohemian woman who takes the uptight city dweller into the forest to trip out on magic mushrooms and lose his inhibitions in the moonlight. Afterward, however, Urs suffers bouts of dangerous animal aggression that send him into a spiral of madness, violence and murder – putting him in the crosshairs of Pius (Jürgen Prochnow: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, DAS BOOT), an associate with his own agenda and a hunting rifle. As Urs tries to find out what’s poisoning him and undo the damage, he’s drawn further into the forest and his own predatory instincts.

Based on a novel by Martin Suter and co-written by David Marconi (writer of ENEMY OF THE STATE and co-writer of DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE), THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON is directed by German filmmaker Stephan Rick, who crafts it as a tense thriller that explores lycanthropy as a metaphor for big business, against the backdrop of a fairy-tale forest. Feel the full-moon fever.

— Dave Alexander