Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2017


Directed by Ken Duken


Director: Ken Duken
Section: Spotlight
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Ken Duken, Tom Wlaschiha, Marisa Leonie Bach, Greta Nedelmann, Amelie Plaas-Link



Frank Balzer is on his way to the Berlin main train station to pick up his daughter Lily for their first weekend together after a long time. When he picks up hitchhiker Andreas in the Brandenburg countryside he doesn’t realize it will change his life forever. He discovers something in Andreas’ backpack on the way and realizes this was not a chance encounter. A life-or-death battle begins between the two men, showing us that fanatics come in all stripes and that a parent has to do what they’ve got to do when their child is in danger.

Meet the director


Ken Duken

Ken Duken was born in Heidelberg in 1979. He is an A-list German actor, who began acting at 18 and has appeared in over 90 theatrical and TV movies. He won the Adolf Grimme Prize for KISS AND RUN (2002) and EINE ANDERE LIGA (IN ANOTHER LEAGUE, 2005). He has also appeared in international co-productions such as Quentin Tarantino's INGLORIOUS BASTERDS (2008). His most recent projects include ZDFneo series TEMPEL (2016) and Til Schweiger's CONNI & CO. 2 (2016). BERLIN FALLING is Dukens debut as a feature film director.


Screenplay: Christoph Mille
Director of Photography: Ngo The Chau
Film Editor: Charlie Lézin
Composer: Kriton Klingler-Ioannides
Production Designer: Colin Taplin
Costume Design: Majie Pötschke
Sound: David Hilgers
Producer: Norbert Kneißl, Ken Duken
Production Company: Grand Hôtel Pictures
Co-Producer: Semion Bolotin, Marcus Ammon, Ferdinand Kühn, Matthias Wackrow, Alexander Livshits
Co-Production Company: Sky Deutschland, Wolffpack Vision
Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH