Film - New German TV Movies Filmfest 2018


Directed by Thomas Stuber


Director: Thomas Stuber
Section: New German TV Movies
Country: Germany, Lithuania
Year: 2018
Language: German
Version: Original version
Cast: Albrecht Schuch, Jonathan Berlin, Andreas Leupold, Peter Schneider, Thomas Lawinky



On the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee, Ed, Kruso, and their gang of social dropouts can only dream of freedom. The utopia they imagine is found at their local pub, even if it's only the utopia of friendship. Meanwhile, on the East German mainland, thousands of people are struggling for their political ideals during the summer of 1989. When reality overtakes the dream, the ark turns into a sinking ship. This film is based on Lutz Seiler's novel of the same name, which received the German Book Prize.

Meet the director


Thomas Stuber

Thomas Stuber, born in Leipzig, then East Germany, in 1981, worked in the film industry before studying film direction at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 2004. His 60-minute student film TEENAGE ANGST was shown at the Berlinale in 2008. His graduation film VON HUNDEN UND PFERDEN (2011) received the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis and the Student Oscar in silver. His first full-length motion picture, HERBERT, about a severely ill ex-boxer, came to movie theaters in March 2016; he co-wrote the screenplay along with Leipzig novelist Clemens Meyer. That same year, Stuber presented the family crime drama EIN MANN UNTER VERDACHT at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. His IN DEN GÄNGEN, adapted from a short story by Clemens Meyer, was shown for the first time in a competition at the Berlinale in spring 2018.


Screenplay: Thomas Kirchner
Original Material: Lutz Seiler
Director of Photography: Nikolai von Graevenitz
Film Editor: Lars Jordan
Composer: Matthias Klein
Production Designer: Jörg Baumgarten
Costume Design: Kristin Horstmann
Sound: Andreas Prescher
Producer: Benjamin Benedict, Nico Hofmann
Production Company: UFA Fiction GmbH
Co-Production Company: Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), ARD Degeto Film GmbH
World Sales: FremantleMedia Group Ltd
Editor: Jana Brandt, Stephanie Dörner
TV channel: Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)