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Matthias Brandt and Barbara Auer hunt a killer who killed a woman in the woods. “The title refers to the circles of a model train. I grew up in a model train family. Whole generational conflicts were carried out which I later encountered in Berlin in similar circles: There’s the model train fan who builds a right-wing world: A circle of track, a village, a supermarket, a movie theater. There’s no foreigners, everything is lily-white. And then there’s the young generation who want the diversity of the modern world reflected in the model train set. That’s what this story is about: Breaking out of these circles through a crime.” – Christian Petzold

tags: Family, Love, Feature film, Thriller, Crime/Murder

Cast: Matthias Brandt, Barbara Auer, Justus von Dohnányi, Luise Heyer, Daniel Sträßer


Screenplay: Chistian Petzold

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Production Designer: K.D. Gruber

Costume Design: Katharina Ost

Sound: Peter Preuß

Producer: Jakob Claussen, Uli Putz

Production Company: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Cornelia Ackers, Tobias Schultze


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.