Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2019


Directed by Thomas Sieben


Director: Thomas Sieben
Section: Spotlight
Country: Germany
Year: 2019
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Max von der Groeben, Jella Haase, Clemens Schick



Two masked men kidnap a young woman in broad daylight in the middle of the street. They bind and gag her and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Stella, the daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic and his younger accomplice Tom, have worked out a detailed plan. But Stella is not going to play the perfect victim. She's not going to give up without a fight.

Meet the director


Thomas Sieben

Born in Cologne in 1976, Thomas Sieben attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where he majored in film and photography. His first feature film, DISTANZ with Ken Duken, opened the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlinale in 2009 and was shown at more than 25 festivals around the world. Sieben's second feature film, STAUDAMM, was shown in cinemas around Germany in January 2014. Sieben is also an author of screenplays. He and Mike Marzuk wrote the screenplay for the teenage comedy VERRÜCKT NACH FIXI, which Constantin Film distributed to theaters in 2016. Most recently, he has collaborated with Malte Welding and Stefan Kolditz on Philipp Kadelbach's first film, SO VIEL ZEIT.


Screenplay: Thomas Sieben
Original Material: J Blakeson
Director of Photography: Sten Mende
Film Editor: Robert Rzesacz
Composer: Michael Kamm
Production Designer: Matthias Müsse
Costume Design: Ramona Klinikowski
Sound: Jörg Krieger
Producer: Henning Ferber
Production Company: Henning Ferber Filmproduktions GmbH
Co-Producer: Stefan Gärtner
Co-Production Company: SevenPictures Film GmbH, Film1 GmbH & Co KG
World Sales: Netflix