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BLOOD MONEY

by René Heisig

synopsis

Three brothers, all hemophiliacs, live perfectly normal lives. Stefan is the branch manager of a bank. Thomas has a family and works as a physiotherapist. And Ralf attends law school in Frankfurt. Their medical miracle has a name: Factor VIII. It is a coagulant that is made from donor blood and allows hemophiliacs to live normally without fear of a minor injury becoming life-threatening. In 1983 it is first suspected that HIV may be transmitted through blood and drugs made from donor blood. Hundreds of unassuming patients are infected with the deadly immune deficiency through Factor VIII. Doctors, but even more so the pharmaceutical companies producing Factor VIII, are keen to play down the threat and disclaim any legal responsibility for the infections of hemophiliacs. After losing his two brothers, Ralf takes their story to the public.

international title: Blood Money
original title: Blutgeld
country: Germany
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: René Heisig
screenplay: René Heisig, Kai-Uwe Hasenheit
cast: Max Riemelt, Lavinia Wilson, David Rott, Jule Ronstedt, Rudolf Kowalski
cinematography by: Peter Nix
film editing: Horst Reiter
art director: Thomas Schmid
costumes designer: Brigitte Nierhaus
music: Oli Biehler
producer: Michael Souvignier, Mark Horyna
production: Zeitsprung Productions
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