11/24/2018 20:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater

Germany 2018 87 min original version with English subtitles

by Ann-Kristin Reyels

Script: Katrin Milhahn, Antonia Rothe-Liermann, DoP: Jenny Lou Ziegel, Editor: Halina Daugird, Production: kurhaus production, ZDF, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Producers: Daniel Reich, Christoph Holthof, Cast: Finn-Henry Reyels, Roman Bkhavnani, Silke Bodenbender, Godehard Giese

Ten-year-old Jona has to move with his mother and new stepfather from his home in Berlin out to a place on the German-Czech border. Alone and lonely, he begins to explore the surroundings. Wandering around on the other side of the border, he meets Miro, a 13-year-old boy from Ukraine. Jona is fascinated by the self-confident teen. Only gradually does he begin to grasp the fate hidden behind Miro’s tough facade: the boy is forced to climb into the cars of German paedophiles and prostitute himself. Jonas searches helplessly for a way out for his new friend. Together the two resolve to perform a risky rite of passage that is meant to transform them into adults and render them sovereign and inviolable.

Ann-Kristin Reyels was born in 1976 in Leipzig/Germany. After her A-levels and a social year in London, she completed a number of tenures as an assistant and intern from 1998 to 2001, among others with Peter von Haller and as a researcher on Heinrich Breloer’s mini-series DIE MANNS, EIN JAHRHUNDERTROMAN. From 2001 to 2007, she studied directing at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam. Since 2017, she has worked as a freelance author and director in addition to her role as an instructor at several film and acting academies.

Filmography: 2000 RAUMPFLEGE, 2003 TATJANA, 2004 DIM (all short films), 2007 JAGDHUNDE, 2012 FORMENTERA, 2018 WE WERE JUST PLAYING


kurhaus production
Norman Bernien