Lars Eidinger stars in this portrayal of the life and death, inspired by the life of East German careerist 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.
Meet the director
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.