Living Like Candice

Living Like Candice

by Dirk Rosenlöcher

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Friedemann peddles drugs to pay for his mother's funeral. On his way to a deal at the funfair, he meets Candice, who is hungry for life. A wild evening begins, from crashing a party to stealing a car. But when Friedemann learns about the plans of the ailing Candice, repressed memories of his mother's death come crashing down on him.


Constantin Gerhards, Vita Tepel, Andreas Nickl, Madeleine Niesche, Slavko Popadic

Director Bio

Dirk Rosenlöcher was born in Dresden and has been living and working as a filmmaker in Cologne for several years. After finishing his bachelor's degree in Film & Sound at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, he completed his postgraduate diploma at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with the script for "Living Like Candice”. As a direct follow up to his studies, he turned that script into his first feature film, funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. His work has received international awards, including the web series "Disoccalypse" as "Best international Weberies" at the Raindance Festival London, which was also funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung and also licensed by Canal+/Vivendi. 

Director Statement

Candice faces her own death. An existential confrontation with finitude, also for german writer Wolfgang Herrndorf. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, he wrote the cult novel Tschick in a short time before ending his life on his own terms. No matter which path out of life a person in such a situation chooses, the value of every second weighs heavily. Coming to terms with finitude in the form of Candice is vital especially for Friedemann, the son of a suicide victim. But when it comes to suicides in the family, there are often major difficulties to communicate. Repression, silence and the desire to escape the pain of loss threaten to consume Friedemann. They keep him from realizing the value of the last moments that remain for him and Candice together. The stirring story of the two is not meant to provide ready answers, but to inspire intimate questions. About loss, vulnerability, finitude. And about what makes our lives truly worth living.

Cast Bio

Constantin Gerhards graduated from the Folkwang Arts University with his artist diploma in 2022. During his studies, he acted in various theater productions. in August of 2021, he played the the leading role of Friedemann in LIVING LIKE CANDICE. In the summer of 2022, he appeared at the 71st Bad Hersfeld Festival in the Stiftsruine as "Richard Cameron" in the play "DEAD POETS SOCIETY" alongside Götz Schubert and Michael Rotschopf.   

Vita Tepel began her training at the Comedia Theater in Cologne in 2009 and continued it in 2011 at the youth theater ensemble "young acting accomplices", also in Cologne. In 2016, she was one of the leading actresses in the Grimme Award winner “WISHLIST”. 

Andreas Nickl born and raised in Munich, completed his acting training at the Folkwang University Of The Arts. He is known from numerous German and international film, television and theater productions such as "WERK OHNE AUTOR / NEVER LOOK AWAY" or "CHARITÉ".     

Madeleine Niesche completed her acting training at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich and has many years of experience on various German stages. She is known through various engagements in German film and television productions such as "FRIEDA" and "KROYMANN".  

Slavko Popadić When he was one year old, he moved to Cologne with his family. He has lived there ever since. From 2015 - 2020 he attended the Folkwang University of the Arts and meanwhile worked on the Netflix series Skylines with Soleen Yusef , which was awarded the German Grimme Prize. Since then he worked on renowned German and international productions like "ALL RUSSIANS LOVE BIRCH TREES", “MONSTER IM KOPF” or “ELAHA”. 


Writer, Director & Producer Dirk Rosenlöcher
Assistant Director Ginna Mendoza 
DOP & Assoc. Producer Daniel Hacker 
Assistant Camera Marcel Burgmann 
Set Photography Maximilian Larisch, Jonas Wenz 
Set Design Maria Eberhardt, Alina Schneider 
Set Design Assistant Waldemar Mehlig 
Make Up & Costume Dean Liesfeld 
Make Up & FX Make Up Anna Baeumer, Juliette Schmitz 
Set Sound Engineer Martin Spyra, Niklas Butzke 
Gaffer Patrick Zeller, David Figura
Stunt Coordinator Denis "Marshall" Ölmez 
Editing Dirk Rosenlöcher, Daniel Hacker 
Dancing Choreography Carmen Mariconda, Dasha Myasnikova 
Grading Daniel Hacker 
VFX Dirk Rosenlöcher
Sound Design & Mixing Niklas Butzke 

Original title: Living Like Candice | 85 minutes | German OV |  Audio 5.1 | Colour | Aspect Ratio 16:9

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