Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

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A plastic sheet covers the eyes of the Virgin Mary in the mine near Karl's house. At her feet lie three dead people, all old, all rich. As rich as you can be in the Bavarian backwoods when the major employer in town has folded, a paint factory. Karl puts his chemistry to different use now, making synthetic drugs, while Hubertus has huge debts to shady Austrian hoods. Iris has a degree, but still doesn't have a job. So the demise of the village elders is actually quiet convenient for the hicks, especially if they can cover up their deaths, collect their pensions and alter their wills to substitute Iris for the intended charities. But the dead men's handwriting isn't so great anymore, and the villagers will have to come up with stand-ins. As the plan goes haywire, the corpses start piling!

tags: Family, Comedy, Feature film, Death

Cast: Sebastian Bezzel, Kathrin von Steinburg, Gerhard Wittmann, Gundi Ellert, Ilse Neubauer, Fred Stillkrauth, Markus Krojer, Peter Lerchbaumer, Alexander Liegl, Caroline Ebner, Gerhard Greiner, Josef Scholler


Screenplay: Matthias Kiefersauer, Alex Liegl

Director of Photography: Thomas Etzold

Film Editor: Christian Nauheimer

Composer: Rainer Bartesch

Production Designer: Michaela Weniger

Costume Design: Myriam Tümmers

Sound: Johannes Rommel

Producer: Ina-Christina Kersten

Production Company: H&V Entertainment GmbH

Director: Matthias Kiefersauer

Editor: Claudia Simionescu, Birgit Metz

TV channel: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)


Matthias Kiefersauer, born in Wolfratshausen in 1973, joined the writing team of famed BR youth format "Live aus dem Alabama" when he was 21, and went on to study documentary filmmaking at Munich film school HFF, discovering his predilection for drama and attending the Münchner Drehbuchwerkstatt (Munich Script Workshop). Since 2006, he's worked entirely in drama, shooting mysteries, dramas, romances and comedies. He directed all 26 episodes of series FRANZI, which was nominated for the German TV Prize 2009 and the Grimme Prize 2010. And he is one of the few German directors with a license to coach football.