Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2023


Directed by Christina Ebelt


Director: Christina Ebelt
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2023
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Franziska Hartmann, Slavko Popadić, Martina Eitner-Acheampong
18+ (no age rating)


Sandra is impulsive. Sandra is in jail. Sandra is also pregnant. A cinematic tour de force with a fantastically irate protagonist.

Far along in her pregnancy, Sandra is adamant that her child remain with her after it is born, even though she is serving a prison sentence. The social worker and the youth welfare office are skeptical about whether she in a condition to raise the child. They fear that if Sandra is subjected to stress, she will revert to her old pattern of behavior and lose her composure. Only through flashbacks cleverly woven into the narrative do we learn how everything could have come to this.

Meet the director


Christina Ebelt

Tina Ebelt studied philosophy at Humboldt University and was a filmmaker in Berlin before moving to Cologne to attend the Academy of Media Arts (KHM). In collaboration with Jan Bonny, she wrote the screenplay for the feature film GEGENÜBER, which premiered at Cannes in 2007. At FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, the screenplay earned the German Cinema New Talent Award. The TV movie ES IST ALLES IN ORDNUNG, for which she and Ingo Haeb wrote the screenplay, was nominated for the Grimme-Preis in 2015. In 2019, her debut film as director, STERNE ÜBER UNS, premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and has since received various awards. Ebelt lives in Cologne.


Screenplay: Christina Ebelt
Director of Photography: Bernhard Keller
Film Editor: Florian Riegel
Composer: Jannik Giger, Tobias Koch
Production Designer: Jochen Dehn
Costume Design: Eugenia Giesbrecht
Sound: Steffen Graubaum, Johannes Schelle
Sound design: Christoph Hundt (Mischung)
Make-up artist: Miriam Hauser, Monika Knauf, Dorit Hepp, Annette Biedinger
Casting director: Susanne Ritter
Producer: Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann, Regina Jorissen
Production Company: 2Pilots Filmproduction GmbH
Distributor: Cologne Cine Collective
TV channel: ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE