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Detective Hans von Meuffels feels more than just professional respect for his former colleague Constanze Hermann. He wants to help her in her struggle with alcoholism, so he involves her in a new case as she is close to relapsing. A young girl is discovered dead, apparently attacked by a wild animal. The autopsy ascertains she was first paralyzed by poison and then killed by a wolf. The trail leads them to the German Turk Özhan, who had a relationship with the victim and owns a tame wolf. After Özhan escapes from the police, the dead wolf is found outside his home. Von Meuffels takes the animal cadaver to the lab of expert Dr. Wiesinger. As far as he is concerned, it was a case of domestic violence and is now closed. He can finally go on holiday with Constanze. They are both looking forward to finally spending some time together. As Constanze packs her things, she is ambushed by the real murderer…

This film will also be screened in the section Neues Deutsches Fernsehen on June 27, 12.30 pm, City 1.

tags: Love, Feature film, Animal, Crime/Murder

Cast: Matthias Brandt, Barbara Auer, Sebastian Hülk, Jasna Fritzi Bauer


Screenplay: Christian Petzold

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Composer: Stefan Will

Production Designer: K.D. Gruber

Costume Design: Katharina Ost

Sound: Peter Preuss

Producer: Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen

Production Company: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Dr. Cornelia Ackers

TV channel: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)


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.