Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

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The employees of a German language and cultural institute are trying to get the residents of Kallalabad in Kisbekistan interested in Germany, but institute director Dr. Eckart's chaotic team always manages to reach its limits. In the first three episodes of the second season, which are showing at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, the coaching of schoolchildren who have signed up for a German Olympics leads to a skirmish among the employees. A long-lost son also drops by, and an exorcism is even performed. This workplace sitcom is a politically incorrect satire of the clash of Arab and European cultures. It earned the German Comedy Award in the category of most innovative series.

tags: Comedy, Cultural Conflict, Series

Cast: Christina Große, Rainer Reiners, Robert Stadlober, Nadja Bobyleva, Omar El-Saeidi, Swetlana, Schönfeld


Screenplay: Robert Löhr

Original Material: Robert Löhr

Director of Photography: Philipp Kirsamer

Film Editor: Stefen Rocker, Nicole Kortlüke

Composer: Nikolaus Graf, Dirk Leupolz

Production Designer: Fryderyk Swierczynski

Costume Design: Daniela Backes

Sound: Bernhard Joest-Däberitz

Producer: Geraldine Voss

Production Company: Novafilm Fernsehproduktion GmbH

Director: Markus Sehr

Editor: Cornelius Conrad (BR), Henrike Vieregge (WDR), Markus Pingel (NDR)

TV channel: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Magenta TV


Born in Cologne in 1977, Markus Sehr studied theater, film, television, political science, English literature, and philosophy at that city's university. In 1999, he completed a traineeship at Texterschmiede Hamburg and was subsequently employed by the Hamburg ad agency Springer & Jacoby to write advertising slogans. In 2003, he attended the New York Film Academy before studying film directing at the Internationale Filmschule (ifs) in Cologne. In 2008, he received a scholarship from the Medien Gründer Zentrum in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Since then, Sehr has been a freelance director. His works include numerous commercials as well as feature films and TV movies. In 2011, he made his motion-picture debut with EINE INSEL NAMENS UDO; in 2014 his second motion picture, DIE KLEINEN UND DIE BÖSEN, a dark comedy about social conditions, was screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. For television, Sehr has directed several episodes of the ZDF series FRIESLAND in addition to DAS INSTITUT – OASE DES SCHEITERNS.