Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2021


Directed by Lena Stahl


Director: Lena Stahl
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2019
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Anke Engelke, Jonas Dassler, Hannah Herzsprung, Karsten Antonio Mielke, Max Hopp


An energy-filled mother-son road movie with notable performances by Jonas Dassler and Anke Engelke.

When Marlene’s daredevil son Jason suffers a serious accident, it’s a turning point in her life. The severity of Jason’s injuries means that only a special clinic in Switzerland can help. Marlene decides to drive him all the way there from Berlin. While she has a clear route in mind, Jason does everything he can to convince his mother that life is mostly about detours. Mother and son struggle for closeness and distance, frustrating their respective expectations and inevitably bringing up old conflicts. Marlene finds it difficult to contain her fear for Jason, while he seems to fear nothing. The contrast could not be greater, and with each passing kilometer, an unresolved issue takes up more and more of the space between them.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema City/Atelier Kinos here.

Meet the director


Lena Stahl

Lena Stahl started her career in Scandinavia. She studied at the European Film College in Denmark followed by various jobs in the film and TV industry in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. In 2005 she started studying direction and screenwriting at the University of Television and Film (HFF) in Munich. Her graduation film ALLE TAGE MEINES LEBENS was nominated for the prestigious Max Ophüls Award and was screened at numerous international film festivals. After winning the Pro7/Sat1 Mainstream Award for her screenplay BLACKOUT, she focused primarily on screenwriting. She has written various screenplays for film and television series, collaborating with many different production companies, including X Filme Creative Pool (BABYLON BERLIN), Akzente Film (THE SILENT REVOLUTION) and Warner Bros. Germany. In 2020 she was one of the seven screenwriters selected for the eQuinoxe Europe Intl. Screenwriter Workshop with her new feature THE LEAP OF THE FOALS. The drama MY SON is her feature film debut as a director.


Screenplay: Lena Stahl
Director of Photography: Friede Clausz
Film Editor: Barbara Gies
Composer: Angela Aux, Cico Beck, Nicolas Sierig
Production Designer: Marcel Beranek
Costume Design: Waris Klampfer
Sound: Johannes Hampel
Sound design: Moritz Hoffmeister / Philipp Bitter
Make-up artist: Annett Schulze
Casting director: Karimah El-Giamal
Producer: Miriam Düssel
Production Company: Akzente Film & Fernsehproduktion GmbH
Executive producer: Susanne Freyer
Co-Producer: Steffi Ackermann & Willi Geike
Co-Production Company: Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany
World Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH
Distributor: Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH