Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2017


Directed by Khaled Kaissar


Director: Khaled Kaissar
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Lisa Vicari, Carlo Ljubek, Branko Tomovic, Rainer Bock, Genija Rykova, Benjamin Sadler, Bibiana Beglau



Luna, a smart, self-possessed and carefree 17-year-old, is spending her summer vacation in an idyllic mountain chalet with her family, when their holiday harmony suddenly becomes a nightmare: Foreign men take the family hostage and kill her parents and little sister. Luna only barely manages to escape, chased by the killers. Soon she has to find out they all were living a lie: Her dad was a Russian secret agent, their wholesome family was just his cover. He lived that way in Germany for 20 years. When he was uncovered by the German BND and had to betray his comrades, it was a death sentence for Luna's family. Luna finds refuge with quiet loner Hamid, an Afghan who was a Russian agent like her dad, and his best friend. Hamid wants to smuggle Luna out of the country, but she can't leave without avenging her family's death. With Hamid's help, she sets out to find the murderers, and make them pay... Inspired by the true story of a Russian agent couple living undercover for more than 20 years in Germany, LUNA is both gripping drama and espionage thriller.

Meet the director


Khaled Kaissar

Khaled Kaissar was born in Kabul in 1972 and immigrated to Germany 1986. In 2008, he founded Kaissar Film, producing several award-winning long and short films. His first short ZARNITSA premiered in Hof 2015. LUNA is his theatrical feature debut.


Screenplay: Ulrike Schölles, Ali Zojaji, Alexander Costea
Director of Photography: Namche Okon
Film Editor: Florian Duffe
Composer: Christoph Zirngibl, Heiko Maile
Production Designer: Carina Cavegn, Verena Barros De Oliveira
Costume Design: Franziska Karg, Katja Kirn
Sound: Peter Kautzsch
Producer: Khaled Kaissar, Thomas Wöbke, Tobias M. Huber, Jonathan Saubach
Production Company: Kaissar Film GmbH & Co. KG
Co-Producer: Christian Becker, Max Frauenknecht, Benedikt Böllhoff
Co-Production Company: BerghausWöbke Filmproduktion GmbH, Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH, VIAFILM GmbH & CO. KG
World Sales: Global Screen GmbH
Distributor: Universum Film