Entscheidungen am Limit | ©Arved von zur Mühlen
©Arved von zur Mühlen
Documentary | 2020-2021 | ARD [de], MDR [de] | Docu | Germany

Main data

Shooting data

Number of shooting days12
LocationsMeißen, Riesa, Coswig, Leipzig

Project data

Length of movie45
Aspect ratioTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)

Brief synopsis

At the beginning of January, the Robert Koch Institute reported the highest seven-day incidence in Germany in Meißen County. Nowhere did the pandemic rage at the turn of the year like it did here. In the local specialist hospital, the Coswig Lung Centre, doctors and nursing staff are working in full protective clothing to avoid catching the disease. Vaccinations are raising new hopes. But there are also sceptics among the medical staff.

Outside, police officers are monitoring compliance with Saxony's Corona ordinance on the streets, a crisis team is struggling to track contacts, and a mobile team from the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund is starting the first vaccinations in a nursing home. But the Corona virus also exacerbates social inequality, as the helpers of the mobile food bank in Coswig experience. And at the crematorium, the undertakers are working extra shifts.

The film tells of the fight against the Corona virus and accompanies doctors, nurses and carers at the specialist hospital in Coswig over several weeks. It observes how people in an entire region deal with the exceptional situation: those in the hospital or in the crisis team who try to keep the situation under control and save as many lives as possible, and those who have to come to terms with their fears, their powerlessness and being overwhelmed. What remains of the experience, what can be learned for our health care system, but also for social interaction? Do nurses have to accept constant excessive demands? Is there an obligation to be vaccinated? And where is the solidarity in the crisis?


Director of photographyArved von zur Mühlen
1st assistant cameraTobias HametnerEB-Ton
DirectorTom Fugmann
ProducerBritta Kirchner
ScreenwriterTom Fugmann

Production companies

Schulz & Wendelmann Film


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingGermanyARD [de]Monday, 29/03/2021, 11.35 PM