Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2017


Directed by Tom Lass


Director: Tom Lass
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Naomi Achternbusch, Tom Lass, Clara Schramm, Dimitri Stapfer, Peter Marty, Eva Löbau
18+ (no age rating)



Ferdi thinks he's ugly – but likes the fact Jona is interested in him. Maybe because she's blind. What Ferdi doesn't suspect: She's just pretending to be blind to be able to live cheaply in subsidized housing. How long can she maintain her charade? Can love, which is supposed to make you blind, even work out that way? Director Tom Lass takes a closer look, shooting with blind actors and old Berlin buddies, acting the lead himself – paying tribute to a way of life beyond our way of seeing the world.

Meet the director


Tom Lass

Tom Lass. Born in 1983 in Munich. Didn’t study anything. Started acting at the Age of 15 in 1999. Since 2005 he became active behind the camera, first as a production assistant and driver, then unit and location manager and eventually first A.D. He then made a big leap with his first, improvised low budget feature, PAPA GOLD (2011): it was nominated for the Max-Ophüls-Award and the First Steps Award and won, amongst others, the Association of German Film Critics Award at the Achtung Berlin festival. He followed it in 2013 with another low budget feature, KAPTN OSKAR, which took the top award at the Oldenburg Film Festival and its lead actress Martina Schöne-Radunski taking home the Seymour Cassel Award. His 3rd feature UGLY & BLIND is a collaboration with ZDF and will premiere at the International Filmfest Munich.


Screenplay: Ilinca Florian, Tom Lass
Director of Photography: Jieun Yi
Film Editor: Tom Lass, Daniel Hacker, Maja Tennstedt
Composer: Leonard Petersen
Production Designer: Paola Yanarella & Angela Ribera
Costume Design: Sophie Klebba
Sound: Valentin Finke, Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Henning Hein
Producer: Lasse Scharpen
Production Company: SHPN3 Filmproduktion
Co-Producer: Menno Döring, Tom Lass
TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)