A Voluntary Year

    All titles (2)
    Feature Film | 2018-2019 | WDR [de] | Coming of Age, Drama, Family | Germany

    Shooting data

    Start of shooting01/10/2018
    End of shooting16/11/2018
    Filming regionsGermany - North Rhine-Westphalia

    Project data

    Length of movie86'

    Brief synopsis

    Urs has a busy life, bringing up his teenage daughter Jette alone, taking care of his alcoholic brother and helping out in the nearby refugee home. He urges Jette to take a year off before university and do social work in South America: Urs is determined that she should have a free, independent life rather than being stuck in the provinces like him. But Jette is torn between living up to her father's expectations and being with her boyfriend Mario. At the last moment, instead of boarding the plane for Costa Rica she sneaks back and hides in a caravan belonging to Mario’s parents at the outskirts of the village. Urs is taught a painful lesson about the limits of his tolerance and ultimately realises that he can't force other people to be happy.
    A film about life as a space filled with possibilities… a space which can very quickly become too small. (https://sutorkolonko.de/en/films/das-freiwillige-jahr/)


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Sebastian RudolphUrs [L]
    Maj-Britt KlenkeJette [L]
    Thomas SchubertMario [SR]
    Stefan SternFalk [SR]
    Margarita BreitkreizPia [SR]
    Hussein EliraquiMurat [SR]
    Katrin RöverNicole [SR]
    Helmut Florian RupprechtHerr Schmidt [SR]
    Daniel NockeHenning [SR]


    ColoristFabiana Cardalda
    Director of photographyPatrick Orth
    1st assistant cameraChristoph Kunze
    2nd assistant cameraToni Ulbricht
    DIT digital imaging technicianPio Dienhart
    DIT und Schnittassistenz
    DIT und Schnittassistenz
    Casting directorUlrike Müller
    Extras/bit player castingTanja Schwichtenberg
    Costume designerBirgitt Kilian
    DirectorHenner Winckler
    DirectorUlrich Köhler
    1st AD (local system)Katharina Lindenau
    2nd AD crowd (local system)Gitti Grüter
    EditorLaura Lauzemis
    GafferChristoph Dehmel
    Best boyHendrik Römer
    ProducerIngmar Trost
    Co-producerKatrin Schlösser
    Assistant to producerBettina Müller [1]
    Production designerPelin Gebhard
    Art directorIvana Vukovic
    Standby propsKathrin Adam
    Location scoutAndrea Giesel
    Hannover ADD
    Hannover ADD
    Production managerLaura Weber
    Unit managerLouis Lorenzen
    Unit managerVerena Radke
    ab 31.10.
    ab 31.10.
    Set manager/ floor managerIngo Stroot
    Production driverChris Bothge
    ScreenwriterUlrich Köhler
    ScreenwriterHenner Winckler
    Production sound mixerJohannes Grehl
    Boom operatorMartin Ehlers-Falkenberg
    Sound re-recording mixerMatthias Lempert
    Sound designerRainer Gerlach
    Sound designerMatthias Lempert
    Stunt coordinatorMichael Mohr
    Commissioning editorCorinna Liedtke

    Production companies

    Sutor Kolonko e.K. [de]


    GripMaier Bros. GmbH
    StuntsMichael Mohr Stuntteam
    Lighting and UtilitiesMaier Bros. GmbH
    Finance/Law/Insuranceadag Payroll Services GmbH
    CostumesCo.co costume services [de]
    KB: Birgitt Kilian
    KB: Birgitt Kilian
    CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbH
    Costume supplies
    Costume supplies
    CostumesTheaterkunst GmbH Kostümausstattung
    KB: Birgitt Kilian
    KB: Birgitt Kilian
    CostumesWellenstein zeitgenössische Kostüme GmbH
    KB: Birgitt Kilian
    KB: Birgitt Kilian


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Ulrich Köhler2019Locarno FestivalConcorso internazionaleNominated
    Henner Winckler2019Locarno FestivalConcorso internazionaleNominated
    Ingmar Trost2019Filmfest Hamburg [de]Hamburger Produzentenpreis - FernsehproduktionWinner
    Maj-Britt Klenke2020Deutscher Schauspielpreis [de]Young talentNominated
    Ulrich Köhler2021Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik 2020 [de]Best ScreenplayWinner
    Henner Winckler2021Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik 2020 [de]Best ScreenplayWinner
    Sebastian Rudolph2021Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik 2020 [de]Best ActorNominated
    Sutor Kolonko e.K. [de]2021Grimme Preis [de]FiktionNominated


    2019GermanyFilmfest Hamburg
    2019SwitzerlandLocarno Film FestivalConcorso Internazionale


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    RepeatGermanyARD [de]Thursday, 28/05/2020, 12.20 AM
    First showingGermanyARD [de]Wednesday, 27/05/2020, 8.15 PM


    Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 06/02/2020
    PremiereSaturday, 10/08/2019Locarno Film Festival