The couple, Martin and Constanze Brandis plan to celebrate Martin's 60th birthday at a secluded vacation home in a remote area of northeastern Germany. Martin is looking forward to a gourmet weekend with extensive fishing, while Constanze - a tireless self-optimizer in a midlife crisis - would rather throw a big party at home, in the big city. On their way to the house, the couple meets Gaby Hoppe, the owner of the rather rustic "Pizza Saloon" in the nearby village. At this point, they have no idea what is going on in this seemingly idyllic area and who is playing what role. The only invited guest is Martin's old school friend - the somewhat self-deprecating late-night talker Daniel Brunner, who is bringing his assistant and lover Lena - 30 years his junior. Gifts are unwrapped, champagne is opened, the teasing begins, and vows of love are made. Then suddenly a stranger knocks on the door of the vacation home and asks for help in a very foreign language. . .
A story about old and new love, fear and prejudice and the pursuit of dreams and thrills. Shot in 3 days with 9 actors, 5 cameras and an open ending. . .
script & direction LILLI THALGOTT concept LILLI THALGOTT & MIGNON REMÈ camera EIKE ZULEEG, TOM OTTE, CHRISTOPH ROHRSCHEIDT, ELí ROLAND SACHS, PAUL SPENGEMANN set design MIRKO RACHOR assistant set design PAUL MEDE, GAYA VON SCHWARZE sound recording TOM SCHÖN, JAKOB SPENGEMANN gaffer PETER ASSMANN assistant director ROSE FORMAN make-up SIMONE LEVERMANN costume design ANETTE SCHRÖDER / FUNDUS 51 assistant costume design ANNETTE WIDERA making of LEVENTE PAVELKA set photography HERGEN SCHIMPF assistant production HARRIET LOMMER
montage SANDRA TROSTEL colors TIM LIEBE sound design PATRICK DADACZYNSKI sound mix SIMON BASTIAN / ZEIGERMANN_AUDIO GmbH composition & arrangements THIES MYNTHER game design JO JACOBS nk2 design ANDREAS KLOSE title graphics SPIEGELSAAL (#91) / TORSTEN JAHNKE, JOCHEN MÖNIG
89 minutes | Germany 2021
produced in cooperation with HIDDEN HITCHCOCK
cast ROLF CLAUSSEN, STEFFEN LAU, INBAL LORI, LUCIAN MSAMATI, THORSTEN NEELMEYER, MIGNON REMÉ, OLGA SEEHAFER, KIRSTEN SPRICK, FRANK THOMÈ