The Princess and the Warrior

The Princess and the Warrior is a German film directed by Tom Tykwer from the year 2000.


The ex- soldier Bodo ( Benno Fürmann ) saves the nurse Sissi ( Franka Potente ) in an accident, he himself caused indirectly, life - but it disappears after it has been taken to hospital. As Sissi, who works in psychiatry and lives, their savior no longer can forget she sets out to find him and finally finds Bodo, who lives with his brother and they repel.

Only when a failed bank robbery, in which Bodo loses his brother and accomplice, they meet again, to escape her previous life and start in a common future.


This film was the official competition entry at the International Film Festival in Venice in 2000 and was awarded the German Film Award 2001 in silver for the best film. The film is a production of X-Filme Creative Pool. Tom Tykwer describes it as like "home movie", as he has mostly turned him in his home town of Wuppertal. So dive striking places such as the Monorail or the Wuppertal Savings Bank skyscraper on a film set.

Tykwer himself describes in the marketing phase of the film's release Wuppertal because of the many hills and stairs as the German equivalent of San Francisco and the film as a tribute to this fact. The monorail he compares with the elevated railway in Brooklyn. Special Gag Wuppertal Kenner is against this background, a scene that has been rotated by the cafeteria area of ​​the University, and covered the skyline of Wuppertal in the panoramic views. As the camera pan should actually show up the 70 - year - concrete slab of the university, is a mountain on the one bergisches slate house stands appears.

Throughout the movie, typical Wuppertal sceneries be mounted. However, the logic of images often not true, as is sometimes during a chase from the westernmost district Vohwinkel to Barmen, eastern district, bounded, without the intervening Elberfeld had been crossed.

The depicted in the film psychiatric hospital foundation Birkenhof has its real role model in the nationally known Foundation Tannenhof in the neighboring district of Remscheid Lüttringhausen. As an exterior set, however, served the emperor Diakonieverband.


  • Focus on Film: Sightseeing love drama with fairy- like features.
  • Picture: So passionate has long told no film of unconditional love.
  • Epd Film 10/2000: The film is - typical of Tykwer - on the one hand cinema fairy tales, on the other hand, psychodrama, but both sides fit this time not quite together, and the main characters remain strangely pale.
  • Filmdienst 21/2000: fairy tale drama, be canceled several times in its beguiling images flow space and time. Game, illusion and magic moments prove to be autonomous sizes in coordination system of chance and fate. A fascinating cinematic discovery of slowness, which discovered a charming allegory in the urban architecture of Wuppertal.
  • Eulenspiegel 11/ 00: Tykwer may think in pictures, but he forgets to tell a story. The youngest [ of his films ] also contains a due kitsch potential.


  • The camera work by Frank cracklings was nominated in 2001 for the European Film Awards.
  • 1 German Film Award, four other nominations
  • Guild Film Award in Gold
  • Audience Award Audience Award at the Tromsø Tromsø, Norway Internasjonale Film Festival 2002