Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2023


Directed by Maximilian Erlenwein


Director: Maximilian Erlenwein
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany, Malta
Year: 2022
Language: English
Version: Original version with German subtitles
Cast: Louisa Krause, Sophie Lowe


A grand thriller, made in Germany for a global audience: a gripping and literally breathless race against time.

It's the perfect day for a dive: clear visibility, calm weather, and a secluded bay. As Drew and May, sisters and experienced divers, marvel at the underwater environment, May is suddenly swept into the depths and trapped beneath boulders. Drew desperately tries to find help, but must ultimately decide whether to risk her own life to save that of her sister. Time is running out.

Meet the director


Maximilian Erlenwein

Maximilian Erlenwein, born in 1975, studied sociology and journalism in Marburg. While studying directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), he worked as a cinematographer and shot reports and magazine segments. Together with Robin von Hardenberg, he founded Fat Lady Filmproduktion in 2005, for which he makes music videos, documentaries, image films, and commercials. His debut feature film, SCHWERKRAFT (2009), received the First Steps Award and the Max-Ophüls-Preis. STEREO, a psychological thriller, premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2014.


Screenplay: Maximilian Erlenwein, Joachim Hedén
Original Material: Joachim Hedén
Director of Photography: Frank Griebe
Film Editor: Philipp Thomas, BFS
Composer: Volker Bertelmann, Raffael Seyfried
Production Designer: Benedikt Herforth
Costume Design: Maren Esdar
Sound: Michael Schlömer
Sound design: Corinna Fleig
Make-up artist: Stefanie Gredig
Producer: Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo
Production Company: augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH
Co-Producer: Pierre Ellul, Anika Psaila Savona
Co-Production Company: Falkun Films
World Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Distributor: Wild Bunch Germany
Editor: Doris Schrenner
TV channel: ZDF