Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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A strange family: 17-year-old Phil lives with his mother and twin sister in an old mansion on the outskirts of town. When he returns from summer camp, the mood in the mansion has soured somehow. Phil doesn’t worry about it, hanging out with his best friend Kat instead. When he starts to feel attracted to a mysterious new student at school, Phil is plunged into emotional turmoil only exacerbated by the trouble at home. Based on the bestseller by Andreas Steinhöfel.

tags: Family, Youth/Coming of Age, Queer, Sexuality, Feature film

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Sabine Timoteo, Jannik Schümann, Ada Philine Stappenbeck, Inka Friedrich, Svenja Jung


Screenplay: Jakob M. Erwa

Original Material: Andreas Steinhöfel

Director of Photography: Ngo The Chau

Film Editor: Carlotta Kittel

Composer: Paul Gallister

Production Designer: Veronika Merlin

Costume Design: Peri de Braganca

Sound: Jörg Kidrowski

Producer: Boris Schönfelder

Production Company: Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion GmbH

Co-Producer: Viktoria Salcher, Mathias Forberg, Bernhard zu Castell, Jakob M. Erwa

Co-Production Company: Prisma Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Universum Film GmbH, mojo:pictures

World Sales: m-appeal

Distributor: Universum Film GmbH

Director: Jakob M. Erwa

Editor: Andrea Hanke, Cornelius Conrad, Georg Steinert, Heinrich Mis

TV channel: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Arte, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)


Jakob M. Erwa was born in Graz in 1981. After graduating in art and design, he worked for various Austrian film productions. He shot his first short film 2001 and enrolled at Munich film school HFF. He has staged exhibits of his paintings and sculpture, sang, wrote and played for several bands and acted in various films. He founded mojo:pictures 2003 with Rachel Honegger, focusing on creative and unusual ideas by young filmmakers. He won the Diagonale festival award for best Austrian feature film 2006/2007 and the German Independence Award at Oldenburg Filmfest for HEILE WELT. From 2007 to 2009, he worked on a series on second and third generation immigrants. His second feature film HOMESICK premiered at Berlin in the Perspective German Cinema section. He lives in Berlin.