Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

Franz Blum robs a bank, gets locked up for five years and comes to know a world where life is brutal and direct: Might makes right, the strong rule and humiliate the weak. Blum realizes he has to fit in and follow the rules, learns to use them to his ends and starts to develop his own power, learning to game the system and maneuver his way to the top of the hierarchy. Then he's released on good behavior.

tags: Violence, Justice, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Eike Gallwitz, Burkhard Driest, Tilo Prückner, Günther Meissner, Claus-Dieter Reents, Charles Brauer, Kurt Raab u.a.


Screenplay: Burkhard Driest

Director of Photography: W. P. Hassenstein

Film Editor: Jane Sperr

Composer: Mike Lewis

Production Designer: Nikos Perakis

Sound: Lothar Mankewitz

Producer: Eberhard Junkersdorf, G. Witte/WDR

Production Company: Bioskop-Film GmbH

Distributor: STUDIOCANAL GmbH

Director: Reinhard Hauff

TV channel: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)


Reinhard Hauff was born 1939 as son of a magistrate in Marburg, Germany. He moved to Munich to study literature and sociology, dropping out to work for television at Munich's Bavaria Studios. The top German entertainment director of the time, Michael Pfleghar, became his mentor starting 1964. But Hauff wanted to make movies: In 1968, he started to make documentaries, TV movies and theatrical films. In 1974, he co-founded Bioskop Film together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. STAMMHEIM – THE BAADER-MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. In 1993, he started to retire from active filmmaking and became head of dffb film school in Berlin, where he shared his expertise with young filmmakers until 2005. Reinhard Hauff lives in Munich with his wife.