Feature Film | 2000

Brief synopsis

"Josephine" is a story of a man named Jan, a simple cheese-maker from a small sleepy Bohemian town.

The year is 1991 and passports are finally available to everyone. Jan tries to fulfill his father's dream to go west in order to find a black woman who looks like Josephine Baker and spend a night with her.

He arrives in Hamburg and after fulfilling his father's dream, Jan is ripped off by a Spike, an American ex-actor and pimp. His passport is confiscated until he can pay his "debts" as a slave/cleaner in Spike's bordello named "Hollywood".

Here Jan meets Al, an East German ex-zoologist and a dancer. Their friendship grows and they fall in love. "Josephine," a melodramatic post-cold war love story, is about to start.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Maria SchraderAl [L]
Sophie AdellReceptionist [SR]
Torsten HammannCustom Officer [SR]
Armin Dillenberger
Mr. Cheese


director of photographySlobodan Trninic
video playback operatorChristian Ludwig [1]
still photographerBaernd FraatzStandfotos in Deutschland
casting assistantAndrea WernerCasting Tänzer
costume designerAnke Winckler
assistant costume designerCarola Raum
wardrobeKristin Spönlein
additional wardrobeKatja Wittrin
directorRajko Grlic
1st assistant directorFrank Scharl
2nd2nd resp. 3rd ADHendrik Holler
trainee director's departmentTobias Asam
editorMarco Pav D'Auria
key/dolly gripMatthias GelhausenKey Grip / Kamerabühne
makeup artist / hair stylistBabette Bröseke
composerJan Jirasek
producerChristian Becker
producerDan Maag
production designerMatthias Müsse
assistant production designerAdriana Luna
art directorMartin Maly
prop masterBele Schneiderteilweise historisch, Tschechien
standby propsPatricia Brönner
standby propsMarei HitzlerTschechien
prop handSophie Albrecht
line producerDan Maag
unit production managerManu S. Scheidt
assistant production managerJessica MoroderDreharbeiten in CZ
assistant production managerJanina Bukowski
unit managerDusko Pupic-BakracHamburg
screenwriterKoraljka Mestrovic
StoryAlex Königsmark
StoryRajko Grlic
literary sourceAlex Königsmark
script translatorPatricia (Patty) BarthDrehbuch dt - engl.
production sound mixerEckhard Kuchenbecker
boom operatorAlexander Schimkus
sound designerChrissi Rebay
sound designerHeiko Müller

Production companies

Indigo Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH


Extras/Bit PlayerCastingagentur Michael F. DammDreh Deutschland
Image/EditingDigital Editors
Sound (Postproduction)Wavefront Studios GmbH