Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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Germany in the not-too-distant future: The borders are closed, refugees are collected in camps and turned away or accepted. The mood is charged, a police detachment is responsible for keeping the crowd in check. Volt is one of the cops. He accidentally kills a French refugee. The violence spirals out of control. Volt starts up a relationship with the sister of the man he killed and winds up between the fronts. A gripping thriller on a hot-button issue.

tags: Violence, Crisis/Revolution, Guilt, Feature film, Thriller

Cast: Benno Fürmann, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Ayo Ogunmakin, Anna Bederke, Surho Sugaipov


Screenplay: Tarek Ehlail

Director of Photography: Mathias Prause

Film Editor: Andrea Mertens

Composer: Alec Empire

Production Designer: Alexander Wunderlich

Costume Design: Nicole Hutmacher

Sound: Michael Schlömer

Producer: Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo

Production Company: augenschein Filmproduktion

Co-Producer: Antoine Simkine

Co-Production Company: Les films d'Antoine

Distributor: Farbfilm Verleih GmbH

Director: Tarek Ehlail

Editor: Christian Bauer, Barbara Häbe, Stefanie Groß

TV channel: Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), Arte, Südwestrundfunk (SWR)


Tarek Ehlail was born in Homburg in the Saar, in 1981. At 20, he owned two piercing studios and pursued a pro boxing career. He started shooting music videos and docs, founding his own production company, Sabotakt. He founded the first German punk fight club with Matthias Lange, the Sabotakt Box Party. He shot his first feature film 2008, WARRIORS OF CHAOS. His next film, GEGENGERADE (2009) was about Hamburg football club St. Pauli. After shooting docs ALLES IN ALLEM (2011) and GLAUBENSKRIEGER (2012), he published a book, “Piercing is Not a Crime”, in March 2013.