Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Film Website

Car sales man Phillip (Benno Fürmann), fretting over his relationship, hits a boy on the road and becomes a hit-and-run driver. The boy’s mother fears for his life in the hospital, where she meets Phillip, who’s plagued by guilt, but doesn’t let on he’s the culprit. When he passes a cross at the site of the accident, he realizes the boy died, and the story takes a new turn. „I had just read ‘On this Site’ by photographer Joel Sternfeld, who visited crime scenes across the U.S. and took photos of them. The photos and the text gave these sites a certain aura if it said, a fourteen-year-old girl was shot here. In Germany, these places have crosses erected on them, maybe a candle burning before them, a teddy bear or the victim’s favorite necklace. It always impressed me that a story begins and ends in these places.”

tags: Guilt, Feature film, Urban, Death, Grief/Trauma

Cast: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Astrid Meyerfeldt, Antje Westermann, Stephan Kampwirth


Screenplay: Christian Petzold

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

Production Company: teamWorx Television & Film GmbH

Co-Production Company: Arte

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.