THE CALLING

90min, 2000, starring LAURA HARRIS, RICHARD LINTERN, FRANCIS MAGEE and ALICE KRIEGE produced by CONSTANTIN FILM, FANES FILM & IMF producers BERND EICHINGER, ROBERT KULZER & NORBERT PREUSS screenplay JOHN RICE & RUDY GAINES production design BERND LEPEL DoP JOACHIM BERC edited by MICHAEL FEICK music CHRISTOPHER FRANKE directed by RICHARD CAESAR

When German producer legend Bernd Eichinger offered me John Rice & Rudy Gaines’ screenplay, it never occured to me to see it as horror film, and neither did the writers and producers at that time. The dark, romantic mystery thriller offered a new and interesting take on the well known theme of the return of the Antichrist.

To my regrets several important scenes got cut from the film, together with actors like the formidable Sir John Standing and their meaning for drama and story.

However, THE CALLING did quite well commercially. The film was released in more than 20 countries in cinemas and on DVD. Its best movie box office was No. 4 (Italy). Additionally, the film was aired by a great number of TV-networks and is still available on several streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime.

Posters for Italy, Germany, Norway, England, France, USA and Sweden

FANTASY FOR A NEW AGE

40min, 1997, starring HAYNES BROOKE, CHARLES VENTURI, MICHELLE CARMICHAEL produced by NEUE SENTIMENTAL FILM DoP VILMOS ZSIGMOND edited by MICHAEL FEICK Music ENJOTT SCHNEIDER written & directed by RICHARD CAESAR

The film is based on a time-travel plot, involving Werner von Siemens and a couple of future employees of the legendary German entrepreneur. I wrote the screenplay and directed it. FANTASY was shot in Munich, Prague, on Iceland and in New York. It was screened as the highlight of the official 150 year celebrations of SIEMENS AG in Berlin and later got distributed on half a million video tapes.

When casting in LA we got lucky to convince Academy-Award-winning DoP legend Vilmos Zsigmond to come on board (Close Encounters of the Third Kind,The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate and many more iconic movies). Working with Vilmos was one of the most wonderful professional experiences of my life.

All in all, FANTASY FOR A NEW AGE earned 7 international awards.

GEGEN DEN WIND

2x45min, 1996, starring RALF BAUER, HARDY KRÜGER Jr., DENNENESCH ZOUDÉ, DETLEF BOTHE produced by BAVARIA FILM producer STEPHAN BECHTLE written by CHRISTIAN GRÖGEL DoP BERND NEUBAUER Music DOMINIC ROT directed by RICHARD CAESAR

These two episodes of the highly successful German TV series were shot as a one time special on Maui, Hawaii. The story evolves around two windsurfing friends, one about to find new love, the other haunted by the memory of his late girlfriend.

In order to create a rough and authentic feeling we made extensive use of planned, handheld camera sequences – something quite revolutionary for the time. We also had the pleasure to work with some of the best surfers ever, notably twelve times world champion Robby Naish himself, who even has a little cameo.

SHORTS

CONCIERTO EVOLUCIÓN

15min, 1992, produced by LUNA FILM producer PETER ZENK DoP DIETER DEVENTER edited by MICHAEL FEICK music ENJOTT SCHNEIDER written & directed by RICHARD CAESAR co-written by PETER CATTANEO

CONCIERTO was my graduation film at the Munich Film School. An orchestra plays in harmony until things start going south… the three movemets of the especiially composed piano concert are an analogy to creation, destruction and possible reconstruction of nature by mankind..

At the 1992 world fair in Sevilla CONCIERTO was screened to over 500.000 people. The film then was shown at over 2000 US highschools and screened as a pre-program in more than 400 US cinemas.

CONCIERTO earned 9 international awards.

 RENDEZ-VOUS IN SCHWARZ

5min, 1989, starring JOCHEN NICKEL, CARO HÖHNE, produced by FILMVERLAG DER AUTOREN & HFF DoP TORSTEN BREUER Music DOMINIC ROTH written, edited & directed by RICHARD CAESAR

An accident with bloody consequences. How to tell a thrilling story in exactly five minutes.

“Prädikat Wertvoll” (German Film Evaluation Agency).

NATHALIE

15min., 1988, starring SABINE HABERGER, AXEL GUNDLACH, SERGE HALLER produced by NEUE SENTIMENTAL FILM & HFF DoP&music TORSTEN BREUER written, edited & directed by RICHARD CAESAR

A little girl alone on a graveyard. She meets a very strange man. The night falls …

“Prädikat Wertvoll”. Premier at the renowned HOFER FILMTAGE.

 IM NIEMANDSLAND

7min, 1987, starring NORBERT KLINGNER, AXEL GUNDLACH produced by HFF music AXEL GUNDLACH written, shot, edited & directed by RICHARD CAESAR

Inspired by a story my father told me from WW2. The entire film was shot on 18 minutes of 35mm black&white stock.

“Prädikat Wertvoll”.