Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Recently retired Chief Inspector Kovak returns to a small village near Greifswald, former East Germany, where a terrible crime took place twenty years ago: A little girl was brutally murdered, the perpetrator was never caught. The prime suspect was Michael Adam, a renowned Physics Professor at the University of Greifswald, but the police had to drop the case against him due to lack of evidence. Kovak, however, is convinced Adam is the murderer and is determined to keep his promise to the girl's parents, namely to bring their daughter's murderer to justice. When Kovak starts to keep tabs on Adam and his girlfriend Luisa, it doesn't take long until the two men confront each other.

tags: Aging, Family, Crime/Murder, Feature film

Cast: Uwe Kockisch, Sylvester Groth, Sophie von Kessel, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Jenny Schily


Screenplay: Magnus Vattrodt

Director of Photography: Theo Bierkens

Film Editor: Eva Schnare

Composer: Nikolaus Glowna, Ludwig Eckmann

Production Designer: Zazie Knepper

Costume Design: Anneke Troost

Sound: Olav Gross, Oliver Held

Producer: Wolfgang Cimera, Silke Schulze-Erdel

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

Director: Matti Geschonneck

Editor: Reinhold Elschot, Stefanie von Heydwolff

TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)


Matti Geschonneck was born in Potsdam 1952, son of East German star actor Erwin Geschonneck. He attended Moscow Film Institute VGIK 1974 to 1978. The Berlin resident has won numerous awards, including four Golden Cameras, three Adolf Grimme Prizes and two German Film Prizes 2012/2013 for his production DAS ENDE EINER NACHT. He is an annual regular in the TV Movie section of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, most recently with THE LOST BROTHER 2015.