Ein Hologramm für den König

A Hologram for the King
“And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” Alan Clay has nightmares. In one, he has these lines from a Talking Heads’ song on his lips as he walks through a world in which supposed status symbols are all going up in clouds of smoke: house, car and wife – they all just go poof. Businessman Clay has been sent to Saudi Arabia for an IT deal but ends up vacillating between self-confidence and despair. In a tent in the middle of the desert, a bevy of employees await his arrival. And that of the king. The non-appearance of his Saudi Arabian majesty, to whom Clay is supposed to present a holographic telephone system, makes him feel like a character from the play “Waiting for Godot”. On top of everything else, he discovers a cyst growing on his back that has to be examined by a beautiful female doctor ...
Starring a wholly committed Tom Hanks, Tom Tykwer’s tragicomic film is a swansong to a man-made, artificial world. Frank Kruse’s multifaceted and imaginative sound design received a German Film Award.
by Tom Tykwer
with Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babette Knudsen, Tom Skerritt, Ben Wishaw, Khalid Laith, Megan Maczko
Germany / USA 2016 English 98’ Colour Rating R6


  • Tom Hanks (Alan Clay)
  • Alexander Black (Yousef)
  • Sarita Choudhury (Dr. Zahra Hakeem)
  • Sidse Babette Knudsen (Hanne)
  • Tom Skerritt (Ron Clay)
  • Ben Wishaw (Dave)
  • Khalid Laith (Karim Al-Ahmad)
  • Megan Maczko (Rachel)


Director Tom Tykwer
Screenplay Dave Eggers
Written by Tom Tykwer
Cinematography Frank Griebe
Editing Alexander Berner
Sound Roland Winke
Sound Design Frank Kruse
Music Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
Set Design Uli Hanisch
Sound Mixing Matthias Lempert
Costumes Pierre-Yves Gayraud
Make-Up Heike Merker, Daniel Parker
Casting Michelle Guish, Avy Kaufmann, Gaby Kester
Executive Producers Gero Bauknecht, Claudia Bluemhuber, Irene Gall, Bill Johnson, Shervin Pishevar, Gaston Pavlovich, Jim Seibel, Steven Shareshian
Production Manager Miki Emmrich
Line Producer Marcus Loges
Co-Production Fabrica de Cine Mexico City
Silver Reel Zürich
Vingt Deux Heures Vingt Deux Paris
WS Film

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