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A Docu-Fiction Based on True Events

WHEN I SURVIVED NARCISSISM

Disclaimer:


This "docu-fiction / docu-drama" is based on true events and real-life accounts.
The characters and their names depicted in the film are the product of fiction and are portrayed by skilled actors. While certain elements have been altered or embellished for dramatic purposes, the core narrative remains rooted in real historical occurrences.

About The Film

Step into the darkness of the often misunderstood relationship phenomenon of narcissism and those that wield its power, and those that have survived it. We follow the lives of three survivors as they narrate their tragic experiences.

A desperate foreigner with the chance to live her dream of staying in Germany, but only if she can endure marrying a manipulative man who will use her dream against her. Next, we discover how one man’s quest for a better life will trap him to marry an affluent woman who comes from a family of narcissists. Last, we go darker with an aspiring actress who is manipulated by a well-known casting director with a dark secret.

At the same time, we interject real testimonies from psychiatrists and psychologists to help explain to our viewing audience the complexities of narcissists and their red flags. By sharing these stories we will bring narcissism out of the darkness and into the light in hopes that it will educate to prevent others from suffering from this epidemic, and that it might inspire others to free themselves from the chains of their narcissist.

Proof of Concept

Inspired by true events, we follow three unique survivors and their tragic stories of how they were manipulated and suffered being stuck in a web of falling in love with a narcissistic partner.

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About The Production Company

AlefCine Pictures is a young, and nevertheless, fast-growing production company in Berlin, Germany, active since 2022.

The company owner Stefanie Schmahl started her career by studying acting at the renowned William Esper Studio in New York City and through that, not only gained acting experience and insights into the industry, but also found her passion for storytelling.

Both guiding forces of the company, Stefanie Schmahl and Ali Schmahl, lived and worked in numerous different countries and cultures and with that, explored the film industry from various perspectives.

They got an understanding of how different countries approach a production their unique way, how to build international relationships and what types of stories could work for which territories.

The company is very well connected internationally and AlefCine Pictures’ focus is set on impactful and commercial high-end feature films for the international market.

Technical Information


Formats: DCP, .MOV ProRes 4444/ProRes 422 HQ

Resolution: 4K/2K DCI Scope

Acpect Ratio: 2.39:1

Runtime: Appr. 90 min.

Frame Rate: 24 FPS

Sound: Surround 5.1 + Stereo

Color

Original Language: English (US)

Country of Production: Germany


-According to regions, platform and inquiries there are different deliverables availables-

MEET THE CREW

Stefanie Schmahl

Stefanie Schmahl

Producer

Christopher Dürkop

Christopher Dürkop

Director of Photography

Ben McIntire

Lucas Fahnert

1st AC/Focus Puller

Ben McIntire

Ben McIntire

Color Grader

Ali Schmahl

Ali Schmahl

Producer/Director

Marcel Paul

Milo Daemgen

Line Producer

Marcel Paul

Marcel Janick Paul

Editor

Ben McIntire

Ana Rusnack

Sound Recordist

Marcel Paul

Anna Rivera

Hair and Makeup Artist

Dallas King

Dallas King

Writer

Henry Andris

Henry Andris

Gripp

Thorsten Hoppe

Thorsten Hoppe

Sound Designer/Music Composer

Marcel Paul

Clara Rodriguez Arasanz

BTS Videographer

MEET THE CAST

Stefanie Schmahl

Stefanie Schmahl

Giuseppe Tuzzolo

Giuseppe Tuzzolo

Anne Alexander Sieder

Anne Alexander Sieder

Vu Dinh

Vu Dinh

Dinara Kerey

Dinara Kerey

Anne Alexander Sieder

Gabriel Tauber

Marie Förster

Marie Förster

Michael Tan Gramlich

Michael Tan Gramlich

Anne Alexander Sieder

Rebecca Lara Müller

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