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
John Rice & Rudy Gaines’ script tells the story of a young mother torn by uncertainty: Could her only son be the Antichrist? The script showed a somewhat dark-romantic tonality, which I found quite intriguing for a mystery thriller. Eventually the film was recut and labelled a horror movie. As such THE CALLING was quite successful in terms of sales.
The film was released in 22 countries in cinemas and on DVD. Its best box office was No. 4 (Italy). Additionally, the film was aired by a great number of TV-stations all around the globe (in Germany SAT 1).
In Germany, THE CALLING is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
Marketing campaigns 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 tricky time-travel plot, involving Werner von Siemens and a couple of future employees of his. I wrote and directed it for Siemens’ 150th birthday. It was shot in Munich, Prague, on Iceland and in New York.and screened as the highlight of the official celebrations in Berlin.
When casting in LA we got lucky to convince DoP legend Vilmos Zsigmond to join the team (Academy Award for Spielberg’s Close Encounters,The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate and many more iconic movies). Working with Vilmos was one of the most wonderful professional experiences I ever had.
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.
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. The task was to tell a story in exactly five minutes.
“Prädikat Wertvoll” (second highest rating of the German Film Evaluation Agency).
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”. Screened at the renowned HOFER FILMTAGE.
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.