Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2021


Directed by Franziska Stünkel


Director: Franziska Stünkel
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2021
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Lars Eidinger, Luise Heyer, Devid Striesow, Kai Wiesinger, Victoria Trauttmansdorff


Lars Eidinger stars in this portrayal of an East German careerist, inspired by the life and death of Werner Teske.

Franz Walter has just completed his engineering degree when the East German foreign intelligence agency makes him an attractive offer. Dazzled by the many privileges that the new job brings, Franz accepts. He and his girlfriend move into the apartment provided by the spy agency and begin to settle into a comfortable new life. Franz also finds a mentor who is well-disposed toward him and who offers advice and support during their missions abroad in West Germany. Franz’s missions seem at first to merely satisfy a need for information, but they soon become more substantial and ever more horrid. When a work assignment suddenly requires Franz to resort to means that he cannot reconcile with his conscience, he decides to call it quits, but the spy agency won’t let him go.

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Meet the director


Franziska Stünkel

Born in Göttingen in 1973, Franziska Stünkel is a film director, screenwriter, and photographer. After studying film and fine-art photography at the Kunsthochschule Kassel as well as attending the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Hannover, she became a master student of Prof. Uwe Schrader. In addition to writing several screenplays, Stünkel has directed three short films, two feature films, and a television documentary. Her first feature film, VINETA (2006), based on Moritz Rinke’s play “Republik Vineta”, received the Otto Sprenger New Talent Award at the Hamburg Film Festival. Stünkel’s 15-hour documentary DER TAG DER NORDDEUTSCHEN (2012) follows the lives of 121 people in a single day. NAHSCHUSS is her second feature film.


Screenplay: Franziska Stünkel
Director of Photography: Nikolai von Graevenitz
Film Editor: Andrea Mertens
Composer: Karim Sebastian Elias
Production Designer: Anke Osterloh
Costume Design: Ute Paffendorf
Sound: Andreas Prescher
Make-up artist: Nicole Skaletz, Dolores Sanchez
Casting director: Sandra Köppe, Silke Fintelmann
Producer: Bettina Wente, Wolfgang Cimera
Production Company: NETWORK MOVIE Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
Co-Producer: Frank W. Mähr, Oliver Hack
World Sales: Global Screen – a brand of Telepool
Distributor: Alamode Filmdistribution oHG
Editor: Daniel Blum
TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)