Film - New German TV Movies Filmfest 2019


Directed by Elisabeth Scharang


Director: Elisabeth Scharang
Section: New German TV Movies
Country: Austria
Year: 2019
Language: German
Version: Original version
Cast: Martina Gedeck, Rainer Wöss, Ruth Brauer-Kvam, Anton Noori
18+ (no age rating)



Caroline Binder has a beautiful home, a healthy marriage, and a chronic heart condition. Dr. Paul Hoffmann, an expert cardiologist, says he can cure her with a new surgical procedure, and he keeps his promise. Caroline recovers and everyone’s happy - except Caroline herself. Saying goodbye to a life without excitement or responsibility proves more difficult than even she herself had imagined. So much so she that doesn’t want her new heart or her new life.

Meet the director


Elisabeth Scharang

Elisabeth Scharang was born in the Austrian province of Styria in 1969. Self-educated, she lives and works as a film director, scriptwriter, and radio host in Vienna. Her 2006 documentary OCTOPUSALARM, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale, has been shown at more than 40 international film festivals. Following IN ANOTHER LIFETIME (2011), JACK (2014) was Scharang's second feature film. This psychological profile of serial killer Jack Unterweger had its world premiere at the Locarno Festival and was also shown at the IFF in Toronto. Currently, Scharang is working on her next motion picture, freely adapted from Doris Knecht's bestseller WALD. She is also developing her first English-language feature film, which she will direct, in the United States. Scharang is on the board of the Verband Filmregie Österreich, the association of Austrian film directors, and regularly hosts talk shows on Austrian radio stations FM4 and Ö1.


Screenplay: Elisabeth Scharang
Original Material: Julya Rabinowich
Director of Photography: Jörg Widmer
Film Editor: Alarich Lenz
Composer: Thomas Jarmer
Production Designer: Hannes Salat
Costume Design: Veronika Albert
Sound: William Franck
Producer: Thomas Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn
Production Company: Lotus-Film GmbH
World Sales: ORF-Enterprise GmbH & Co KG
Editor: Julia Sengstschmid (ORF), Amke Ferlemann (BR)
TV channel: Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)