Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

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Just two years after their divorce hearing, Julia and Tom Ludwig are back in court. This time the judge has to decide who will have custody of their nine-year-old daughter, Annie. When questioned, the little girl becomes absolutely panic-stricken - because she would rather die than live with her father. What could possibly have made Annie reject her father so vehemently? In flashbacks, the film at first shows a harmonious family. We see Julia as a committed, loving mother, while Tom is a good father who has a very close relationship with Annie. But gradually it becomes clear that Julia is systematically undermining Tom’s attempts to be a dependable father, while cleverly manipulating the girl until she herself rejects Tom. When he discovers what’s been going on, he begins to fight back, but by then it’s far too late for Annie.

tags: Relationship, Family, Justice, Motherhood, Feature film

Cast: Julia Koschitz, Felix Klare, Lisa Marie Trense, Teresa Harder, Monika Lennartz


Screenplay: Katrin Bühlig

Director of Photography: Ian Blumers

Film Editor: Biljana Grafwallner-Brezovska

Composer: Sebastian Pille

Production Designer: Alexander Wunderlich

Costume Design: Andreas Janczyk

Sound: Petra Gregorzewski, Tobias Schinko

Producer: Dr. Simone Höller, Michael Smeaton

Production Company: FFP New Media GmbH

Director: Alexander Dierbach

Editor: Claudia Gerlach-Benz, Dr. Manfred Hattendorf

TV channel: Südwestrundfunk (SWR)


Alexander Dierbach was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1979. His first experience with film and television productions came as an intern, assistant director, and unit manager from 1998 to 2003. Starting in 2001, he studied film production and media management at HFF München, transferring to the department of film and television drama in 2004. His short film LEISE KRIEGER premiered at the Berlinale in 2004. In 2010, Dierbach made his graduation film, EULOGY OF INNOCENCE, which received the Studio Hamburg Young Talent Award for best director the following year. Since then, Dierbach has routinely worked in television, directing episodes for the series HELEN DORN, TANNBACH, ALARM FÜR COBRA 11, POLIZEIRUF 110, and MÜNCHEN MORD.