Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2023


Directed by Aslı Özge


Director: Aslı Özge
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Belgium, Germany
Year: 2023
Language: Andi, Arabic, German, English, French, Russian, Turkish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Luise Heyer, Felix Kramer, Christian Berkel, Timur Magomedgadzhiev, Anne Ratte-Polle


In this section’s opening film, Aslı Özge looks right into the mind of the German middle class. During an emergency, the residents of an apartment building in Berlin drop all pretense of human decency.

Due to an unexplained incident outside an apartment building in Berlin, the police block the entrances to the courtyard, and a tense situation ensues. Uncertainty among the residents fuels fears. Suspicion and panic spread; prejudice leads to polarization. The courtyard is a microcosm, with relationships based on power and profit. Perhaps the real danger is not from outside, but from within.

Meet the director


Aslı Özge

Aslı Özge was born in Istanbul and has lived in Berlin since 2000. After graduating from the Marmara University Film & TV Academy, she made her debut film, MEN ON THE BRIDGE (2009), which had its international premiere at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals. The film was screened at more than 40 festivals and received various awards, including the Best Turkish Film Award. Özge's next two films, LIFELONG (2013) and her first German-language film, ALL OF A SUDDEN (2016), premiered at the Berlinale. ALL OF A SUDDEN was awarded the Europa Cinemas Special Label as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and was screened in various European countries. In 2020, Özge directed DARKTOWN, a miniseries for ZDFNeo. BLACK BOX is Özge's second German-language film.


Screenplay: Aslı Özge
Director of Photography: Emre Erkmen
Film Editor: Patricia Rommel
Production Designer: Pierre Pfundt
Sound: Paul Heymans, Thomas Gauder
Casting director: Kristin Diehle
Producer: Daniel Mann, Till Derenbach, Michael Souvignier
Production Company: Zeitsprung Pictures, Les Film du Fleuve
Co-Producer: Jean Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Delphine Tomson, Nadir Öperli, Alexandra Staib, Jan Krüger
Co-Production Company: gilles mann filmproduktion, Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion
World Sales: Beta Cinema
Distributor: Port au Prince Pictures
Editor: Alexandra Staib
TV channel: ZDF