Filmfest 2018

German Age Rating

Lola and her family leave Berlin to move to the Uckermarck, a picturesque yet structurally poor region north of the city. While they are looking for the simple, good life in the countryside, the locals are sceptical about the new neighbours. To bridge the gap and overcome stereotypes Lola sets up a project to bring the old garden back to life, growing and breeding their own food. More and more people from the city and the village join in and the project becomes a reflection on how we are living our lives today. How does the modern urban, individual define work and love? And how does this change our relationships? THE BEES AND THE BIRDS is a very personal reflection on life in the 21st century.

tags: Relationship, Documentary, Society, Nature


Screenplay: Lola Randl

Director of Photography: Lola Randl

Film Editor: Sabien Smit

Composer: Maciej Sledziecki

Producer: Henning Kamm

Production Company: DETAiLFILM GmbH

Co-Producer: Philipp Pfeiffer

Co-Production Company: Tohuwabohu GmbH

Distributor: Zorro Film GmbH

Director: Lola Randl


Lola Randl was born in Munich in 1980. She studied at Art and Media Academy Cologne 2001-2006 and participated in the Munich Screenwriting Workshop 2007, shooting several award-winning shorts. Her debut feature IN BETWEEN DAYS screened at Perspective German Cinema at Berlin 2008. LONLEY U starring Mario Adorf and Fritzi Haberlandt followed (Filmfest 2012), as well as THE INVENTION OF LOVE (Filmfest 2013), which had started shooting 2011 but was interrupted by the tragic death of lead actress Maria Kwiatkowsky. Ranld had to rewrite the project to compensate for the female lead's absence, turning it into a dark commentary on showbiz. She lives and works in a little town in Brandenburg's Uckermark, where she shot doc series LANDSCHWÄRMER, whose second season aired Dec. 2015. She is currently adapting LANDSCHWÄRMER as a dramatic theatrical feature.