Sleeping Sickness

Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ulrich Köhler
Production: Komplizen Film
  1 win & 6 nominations.
91 min

Oh no.

Good evening.


Don't you have your passport?

I don't know...

She has no passport?

This is our daughter

Drive to the side.

Left it at the airport?

That's what we needed now.

He's only acting up.

Do you have any other legit paper?

My student ID.

Show me your passport.

No Visa?

- Of course not.

There's no place for a visa.

Without a visa, I can't let you in!

This is my daughter.

I've been working here for years

And what is she doing here?

She's going to visit her family.

We're coming from the airport

You can't enter without a visa

It must be in the trunk.

They just want money.

They'll find something else.

Where's the problem?

Do you work at the hospital in Ndounge?


Ndounge is my village.

My son Gregoire was born there.

Is this your wife?

- Yes, that's my wife.

Good evening.

And the young lady?

- This is my daughter.

Welcome to Cameroon!

How can we solve the problem?

- You tell me!

A small gift could help.

No, no.

No problem, my friend!

I need to go to Yaounde.

Take me with you, then we talk.

I'm sorry,

This is against our principles:

No transport of armed men.

He's a cop!

No army, no police.

This is against our rules.

If a policeman asks you

you can not say no.

But, I can.

I'm not even armed.

It's not the only weapons,

the uniform too.

We must remain neutral.

And if I take it of'?

Then you are naked.

Two minutes, okay'?

I'll have it back.

- No, not necessary.

What's in there?

- Nothing.

It's not loaded.


- It's not loaded.

Ah, it's not loaded.


It's not possible...

Are you okay, Joseph?

- So so, madame.

Thanks Joseph, it's fine.

It is really heavy.

All presents to me?

Good evening.

Good evening.

- Good evening.

How are you?

- Good.


- Thank you.

What's up tomorrow?

I don't know.

Shall we do something together?

What have they done to hen'?

You can't send her to boarding school

for two years and expect she's as before

She isn't in the mood.

I understand her somehow

I will really miss this place at least.

Really, it's not only you...

For me it's also quite a change.

I find it also difficult.

I can hardly imagine it either

We don't have to go back.

Get rid of your clothes

The water's really nice

You'll love it.

- I don't want.

There's no risk with the water,

that current keeps it clean, really.

Don't you trust the doctor any more?

I stopped trusting him long time ago.

Well, are you coming?

Or shall I throw you in?

Please leave me.


you have 15 seconds from now on...


Leave me!

Enough now!

- My dolly!

I found it.

Are you coming?

Today I ate dinner with my

Dutch colleges. I told them

that I miss you and that

I love caressing your belly

and our child would understand

Suaheli even before birth.

They wanted to comfort us

and told me their love story.

They met in a refugee camp in Angola.

They helped with a mabuc epidemy.

Mabuc is an aggressive virus,

You spit blood and die within two days.

The town was under quarantine.

If you wanted to survive you had to

avoid touching things and people.

We were scared.

We were eating drinking and

sleeping separated.

Then it happened:

Wamma examined a man, a college.

She didn't notice anything and took of

her gloves. But the man had spit blood

without telling anybody.

Two hours later he died.

Repeatedly she asked herself: what

did I touch in the cottage,

why did I take of the gloves?

Imagine how lonely she was.

And her lover couldn't hug her

I thought of you and knew we

would have touched each other.

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Ulrich Köhler

Ulrich Köhler (6 November 1838 Kleinneuhausen – 21 October 1903 Berlin) was a German archaeologist. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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