Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2022


Directed by Carolin Schmitz


Director: Carolin Schmitz
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2022
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Anke Engelke
18+ (no age rating)


Bewildering, amusing, insightful: Anke Engelke acts out eight authentic interviews, assembling them into a gigantic mosaic about motherhood.

This film tells of the joy and doubt, the power and powerlessness, the anger and love involved in motherhood. It is at its heart a documentary project: eight women aged between 30 and 75 talk about their lives as mothers. What all these women have in common is their realization that motherhood is a highly ambivalent experience. For the film, these documentary statements are brought together visually in the form of a fictional character portrayed by Anke Engelke. The actress combines the women’s reports into a laconic narrative about the everyday life of a mother.

Meet the director


Carolin Schmitz

Carolin Schmitz, who was born in Wiesbaden, lives and works in Cologne. She has been a freelance filmmaker since graduating from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2002. Her works include PORTRAITS DEUTSCHER ALKOHOLIKER (2010), for which she received honorable mention at the Berlinale, and SCHÖNHEIT (2012). Her films have been screened at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, the Ankara International Film Festival, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the International Documentary Film Festival Munich, among others.


Screenplay: Carolin Schmitz
Director of Photography: Reinhold Vorschneider
Film Editor: Stefan Oliveira-Pita, Annett Kiener
Production Designer: Seth Turner
Costume Design: Manfred Schneider
Sound: Michael Busch, Antoine Schweitzer
Sound design: Andreas Radzuweit, Rainer Heesch
Make-up artist: Dunja Pflugfelder
Producer: Ingmar Trost
Production Company: Sutor Kolonko
Distributor: mindjazz pictures
Editor: Jutta Krug, Christiane Hinz
TV channel: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)