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  • Director

    Kai Wessel

  • Starring

    Sebastian Koch, Friti Haberlandt, Henriette Confurius, David Bennent, Karl Markovics

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    126 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Hagen Bogdanski

  • Editor: Caroline Von Senden

  • Produced by: Ulrich Limmer, Danny Krausz, Kalle Friz, Franz Kraus, Sepp Reidinger, Antonio Exacoustos, Ernst Eberlein

  • Music: Martin Todsharow

  • Screenplay by: Holger Karsten Schmidt

  • Production Designer: Christoph Kanter

  • Sound Production: Heinz K Ebner

Director Bio

Kai Wessel

P&I - Director Bio

Kai Wessel is a German director. From 1983 to 1985, he made the Hamburger Wochenschauen that showed at repertory cinemas in Hamburg. His directorial debut, Martha Jellneck (1988), was nominated for the Federal Film Award. He was honoured by his directing colleagues with the Metropolis Award. His Spreewald- Krimi – Mörderische Hitze (2014) received the Best Directing Award from the German Television Academy.


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Kai Wessel’s powerful and absorbing film is hailed as the first drama to tackle the dark wartime subject of the Nazis’ euthanasia programme. Based on Robert Domes’ 2008 novel, the film follows 13-year-old Ernst (Ivo Pietzcker), who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his Yenish traveller lineage. Unexpectedly he finds friendship there, but when he learns more about the truth of what lies behind the hospital’s facade he sets out to try and sabotage the euthanasia programme with help from his new friends.

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