A Woman Disappears
Filmfest 2012

German Age Rating

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Van Leeuwen is no stranger to crime scenes, but what awaits him on Queen’s Day in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is much more than just another murder: it’s a riddle. A boy of about 13 has been found lying dead in the bushes; his head has been beaten in, revealing a gaping hole in his palate. Someone has removed his brain. What could be the motive behind the brutal murder? His wife Simone can’t help him. Barely fifty and suffering from Alzheimers, she lives in her own world. A small splinter of bamboo he discovered at the crime scene finally puts Van Leeuwen on the right track. The bamboo originates from islands in the Pacific and the grotesque practice of the killer suggests a ritual murder. Van Leeuwen asks anthropologist Joseph Pieters to help him on the case. And although he harbours private hopes – Pieters’ is also an expert on Alzheimers – Van Leeuwen distrusts the man from the outset . . .

tags: Feature film

Cast: Peter Haber, Maja Maranow, Tobias Moretti, Jasmin Gerat, Marcel Hensema


Screenplay: Markus Busch, Original von / by: Claus Cornelius Fischer

Director of Photography: Theo Bierkens

Film Editor: Eva Schnare

Composer: Florian Tessloff

Production Designer: Thomas Freudenthal

Costume Design: Anneke Troost

Sound: Benjamin Schubert

Producer: Wolfgang Cimera

Production Company: Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG

Co-Producer: Bettina Wente

Director: Matti Geschonneck