Filmfest 2016

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A minute’s silence is being observed in the grammar school of Hirtshafen, a small fishing town on the Baltic shore – in memory of Stella Petersen, the school’s young English teacher. For one of her students, however, Stella was more than a teacher: She was his first love. From 18-year-old Christian’s point of view, we relive a magical summer affair between two young people that ends abruptly and tragically, but is transformed, through death, to immortality. Based on the novella by Siegfried Lenz.

tags: Memories, Youth/Coming of Age, Love, Feature film, Death

Cast: Jonas Nay, Julia Koschitz, Uwe Preuss, Johannes Allmayer, Henny Reents


Screenplay: André Georgi, Claudia Kratochvil

Original Material: Siegfried Lenz

Director of Photography: Hannes Hubach

Film Editor: Andreas Althoff

Composer: Gerd Wilden Jr.

Production Designer: Jérôme Latour

Costume Design: Riccarda Merten-Eicher

Sound: Michael Kunz

Producer: Oliver Berben, Sarah Kirkegaard

Production Company: MOOVIE GmbH

World Sales: Global Screen GmbH

Director: Thorsten M. Schmidt

Editor: Günther van Endert, Stefanie von Heydwolff

TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)


Thorsten M. Schmidt was born in 1969 and discovered his passion for film while still at school. He began working for various TV stations and production companies in 1990, and started studying camera and directing at Film Academy Ludwigsburg in 1991. His short WASCHBÄR made such an impression on cinematographer Michael Ballhaus that he made it available to a wider audience, while Schmidt’s graduating film ROCHADE received the Honorary Foreign Student Film Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Los Angeles in 1998. He has been a free-lance director for features and commercials since his graduation 1997.