Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2023


Directed by Sylvie Michel


Director: Sylvie Michel
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany, Greece
Year: 2023
Language: German, English, French, Greek
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Cyril Gueï, Smaragda Karydi, Julie Kieffer, Samuel Schneider, Léo Daudin
18+ (no age rating)


The House of Europe, squeezed into the confines of a car interior: on a long car ride, a distinct group dynamic develops around the potent issues of our time.

Five strangers of different nationalities share a car ride from Berlin to Paris. All of them have only one thing in common: wanting to reach their destination easily and cheaply. When it turns out that one passenger has a serious problem that could get them all into trouble, the trip becomes a little more complicated. The journey must go on. How it does is now up to them!

Meet the director


Sylvie Michel

Sylvie Michel was born in the south of France, grew up in Paris, and has lived in Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles. She has worked in various areas of film, including as a script supervisor for Wim Wenders, Mika Kaurismäki, and Agnieszka Holland. Since 2001, Michel has lived in Berlin. Her first film, HOCH HINAUS, a short documentary about trapeze artists, was made for SF television in 1990. Her short films STAND BACK (1994), A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (2007), and LOST DOG (2009) were screened at numerous international festivals, including Berlin, Toronto, and Locarno. Her first feature film, DIE FEINEN UNTERSCHIEDE, premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2012 and was subsequently screened at festivals in Toronto, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Beijing, and Les Arcs.


Screenplay: Sylvie Michel, Maria Teresa Curzio
Director of Photography: Patrick Orth
Film Editor: Kate Williams
Composer: Kostantis Papakostantinou
Production Designer: Maria Nickol
Costume Design: Anette Guther
Sound: Johannes Doberenz
Sound design: Tina Laschke
Make-up artist: Katharina Kraft
Casting director: Ulrike Müller
Producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel
Production Company: Pallas Film
Co-Producer: George Kyriakos, Costas Labropoulos
Co-Production Company: Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion, View Master Films
Distributor: W-Film Distribution
TV channel: ZDF/Arte