WE WERE JUST PLAYING
Filmfest 2018

German Age Rating

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Two boys from different worlds. Of all possible times, the start of summer vacation is when 10-year-old Jona has to move away from Berlin to the German-Czech border with his mother and new stepfather. He's lonely and angry as he inspects his new surroundings. Across the border, he meets Miro, a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy. Jona is fascinated by the confident but taciturn boy, only slowly discovering the fate that's hidden behind Miro's grown-up façade.

tags: Society, Nature, Guilt, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Finn-Henry Reyels, Roman Bkhavnani, Silke Bodenbender, Godehard Giese

Credits

Screenplay: Katrin Milhahn, Antonia Rothe-Liermann

Director of Photography: Jenny Lou Ziegel

Film Editor: Halina Daugird

Composer: Henry Reyels

Production Designer: Cosima Vellenzer

Costume Design: Miriam van der Ham

Sound: Aljoscha Haupt

Producer: Christoph Holthof, Daniel Reich

Production Company: kurhaus production Film & Medien GmbH

Director: Ann-Kristin Reyels

Editor: Christian Cloos

TV channel: ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel

biography

Ann-Kristin Reyels was born in Leipzig in 1976; she grew up in Nürnberg. She studied film directing at the HFF Babelsberg from 2001 to 2007. Her graduation film JAGDHUNDE premiered at the Berlinale in 2007, where it received several awards, including the FIPRESCI Award. Her second feature film, FORMENTERA, premiered at the Berlinale in 2012. Reyels is a freelance author and director as well as a lecturer at various film and acting schools, including the Met Filmschool and the Tschechow Studio, both of which are in Berlin.