THE FOURTH ESTATE
Freelance journalist Jan Schulte hopes for a job at the online portal of Berlin newspaper “Die Republik” when he discovers a potential scandal. Federal minister of health Elisabeth Stade apparently helped her brother’s search for a heart transplant by moving him up the waiting list illegally. But then Schulte’s colleague Britta claims the compromising material is a fake. Editor-in-chief Weishaupt and publisher Winter refuse to run the article. As Jan keeps on digging into the scandal, investigating state secretary Katharina Pflüger and political advisor Frank Gruber, his evidence is suddenly stolen from the newspaper office, and soon a competing tabloid breaks the story…
Meet the director
Brigitte Maria Bertele
Brigitte Maria Bertele was born in Ulm 1974, studied drama at the Academy for Performing Arts in Ulm and then acted on stage in Eisenach, Parchim and Dresden 1997 to 2002. She studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg 2002 to 2007. Her film BORDER WALK premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2013, and went on to win the Adolf Grimme Prize 2014.