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Melancholia (1989 film)

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Directed byAndi Engel
Produced byColin MacCabe
Written by
  • Andi Engel
  • Lewis Rodia
Music bySimon Fisher Turner
CinematographyDenis Crossan
Edited byChristopher Roth
Distributed byB.F.I. Productions
Release date
  • 20 May 1989 (1989-05-20) (Cannes)[1]
Running time
87 minutes[2]
  • United Kingdom
  • West Germany
  • English
  • German

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Melancholia is a 1989 political thriller with drama and crime thriller elements, directed by Andi Engel. It premiered 5 May 1989 at the 42nd Cannes Film Festival. It received the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 1990.[3]


Art critic David Keller was once part of a far-left radical group. The group contacts him 10 years later and asks him to assassinate a Chilean doctor and war criminal, who's visiting London, but Keller has lost his ideals and feels conflicted.


  • Jeroen Krabbé as David Keller
  • Susannah York as Catherine Lanham Franck
  • Jane Gurnett as Sarah Yelin
  • Kate Hardie as Rachel Lanham Franck
  • Ulrich Wildgruber as Manfred
  • John Sparkes as Roger Dere
  • Saul Reichlin as Dr. Adolfo Vargas
  • Detlef Berthelsen as Dr. Berger
  • Mouchette van Helsdingen as Receptionist
  • John Joyce as Butcher

External links[edit]


  1. "Melancholia (1989) Release Info". IMDb.com. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  2. "Melancholia (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 5 Dec 2020.
  3. "Evening Standard British Film Award 1990 Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2020-12-05.

Category:1989 crime drama films

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