Film - New German TV Movies


Directed by Lars Jessen, Jonas Grosch


Director: Lars Jessen, Jonas Grosch
Section: New German TV Movies
Country: Germany
Year: 2023
Language: German, English
Version: Original version with German subtitles
Cast: Charly Hübner, Aurel Manthei, Sammy Scheuritzel, Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer, Maria Matschke Engel


An entertaining heavy metal journey through time, from humdrum village life in the 1980s to the huge, star-studded music festival, based on actual events.

At the Wacken heavy metal festival, the event’s co-founder, Holger Hübner, suffers an electric shock and falls into a coma. His partner, Thomas Jensen, aims to help him regain consciousness by talking to him. And so, from his bedside, Thomas tells the story of their joint project — one that started out naive and was at times odd, but ultimately became successful beyond imagination.

The screening will include the first two episodes of the series.

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Meet the director


Lars Jessen, Jonas Grosch

Jonas Grosch was born in Freiburg in 1981 and raised in Kassel. He studied comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Giessen. From 2004 to 2009 he studied screenplay/film and television dramaturgy at the HFF Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Since 1998 he has written and directed various short films, and since 2006 feature films and documentaries. His films DIE LETZTE LÜGE and BESTEFREUNDE were self-distributed and sold to ZDF.

Lars Jessen, born in Kiel in 1969, is a writer, director, and producer who initially studied history, political science, and philosophy in Kiel and Cologne. In 1997, he completed a postgraduate program in film and television at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with a documentary about former German President Heinrich Lübke. For years, Jessen has directed episodes of such TV series as TATORT, POLIZEIRUF 110, and MORD MIT AUSSICHT as well as other series and TV movies that include JENNIFER – SEHNSUCHT NACH WAS BESSERES, BUTTER BEI DIE FISCHE, and most recently LONELY KNIGHTS (FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2017), which received a Golden Camera for best TV movie. Jessen has directed five feature films. The first of these, THE DAY BOBBY EWING DIED, received the Max-Ophüls-Preis in 2005; it was followed by DIE SCHIMMELREITER, SMALL-TOWN PUNKS (based on a novel by Rocko Schamoni), HOCHZEITSPOLKA, and FRAKTUS. The last of these was nominated for the Grimme-Preis and the Deutscher Regiepreis.


Screenplay: Lennard Eberlein, Ingo Haeb, Julia Meyer, Frank Schulz
Director of Photography: Kristian Leschner, Moritz Schultheiss
Film Editor: Benjamin Ikes, Chris Lumpe, Diana Matous, Nikolai Hartmann
Composer: Riad Abdel-Nabi
Production Designer: Pouya Mirzaei
Costume Design: Anette Schröder
Sound: Matthias Wolf
Sound design: Felix Roggel, Andreas Henke
Make-up artist: Nica Faas
Casting director: Marion Haack
Producer: Lars Jessen, Maren Knieling, Anne Solá Ferrer, Cecile Heisler-Zigulla
Production Company: Florida Film, Florida Film
Executive producer: Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, Arne Kreutzfeldt, Thomas Schmitt
Editor: Markus Böhlke
TV channel: RTL Deutschland GmbH