Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Film Website

A chance meeting at a public swimming pool, a nascent love. But Leyla, the girl at the pool, has her own plans: She’s after a convict, shy and retiring Blum (Sven Pippig). “None of us, neither Nina Hoss nor André Hennicke nor me, noticed Nina is playing a woman who makes men fall for her to get her way, to get a laptop, information to use to get revenge. She’s reading a non-fiction book, ‘The Male Target’ to find strategies to seduce men. Using these tactics, she infects herself with longing for love, for sensuality, for intimacy, which finally tears her apart.”

Print courtesy of Austrian Film Museum

tags: Relationship, Love, Revenge, Feature film, Thriller

Cast: Nina Hoss, André M. Hennicke, Sven Pippig, Heinrich Schmieder, Kathrin Angerer


Screenplay: Christian Petzold, Jean-Baptiste Filleau

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Composer: Stefan Will

Production Designer: K.D. Gruber

Costume Design: Lisy Christl

Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka

Producer: Bettina Reitz, Christian Rohde

Production Company: teamWorx Television & Film GmbH

Co-Production Company: Arte G.E.I.E.

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Caroline von Senden

TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden, North Rhine Westphalia, in 1960. He moved to Berlin in 1981, studying German lit and theater studies at the Free University. He graduated in 1989 and went on to study directing at dffb film school, working as assistant director for Hartmut Bitomsky and Harun Farocki, and writing film criticism. Petzold shot his graduating film PILOTINNEN 1994. After TV movies CUBA LIBRE and DIE BEISCHLAFDIEBIN he shot his first theatrical film THE STATE I AM IN (2000), a daram about a teen and his parents, who are wanted terrorists. The film won a string of awards, including the German Film Prize in Gold as Best Film. In 2001, Petzold’s collaboration with Nina Hoss began on SOMETHING TO REMIND ME, with whom he went on to shoot a series of films: WOLFSBURG (2003) won the Berlinale FIPRESCI Award and the Adolf Grimme Prize in Gold. Nina Hoss also starred in YELLA (2007), JERICHOW (2009) and BARBARA (2012). He shot an episode of TV three-parter DREILEBEN (2011). Petzold’s latest theatrical film PHOENIX (2013/2014), also starring Nina Hoss, won the International Film Critics’ Award at San Sebastián Film Festival.