Spiegelung der Tristesse | © Jan-Gerrit Seyler
© Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Short Film | 2007 | Arthouse, Daily Life, Experimental, Society, Tragicomedy | Germany

Shooting data

Number of shooting days8
LocationsKieler Innentadt

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie15'
Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Picture material negativeHDV
Picture material positiveBetacam SP/SX
Sound formatStereo

    Brief synopsis

    A human mobile phone runs higgledy-piggledy into the thick of the buying public of downtown Kiel and gets the shock of his life. His path is crossed by good guys as well as more stupid ones, and in the end he makes a decision that finally restores his dignity. It’s all about endurance and self-esteem, and of course about Kiel.

    Laconic slapstick figure and sensitive being at the same time, isolated as well as exposed by the mobile phone costume and not perceived as human being but as an object – as torn in the emotions as the protagonist, using the means of double perception, the film leads the spectator through “normal” everyday working life of absurd-comic and grotesque-tragic situations.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Steffen LorenzJunger Mann im Handykostüm [L]
    Cemile BakanyildizVerkäuferin „Patrischa“ [SR]
    Kai BehrenbruchJobkollege unter der Zigarettenschachtel [SR]
    Jan-Philip FrankTyp (Anführer) [SR]
    Ernst GriesbergAblehnender Herr [SR]
    Roland HoffmannRennender Kleiner Mann [SR]
    Jürgen PredigerLadendetektiv [SR]
    Christine WetzigJunge Frau unterm Zigarettenschachtekostüm [SR]


    Director of photographyClaus Oppermann
    1st assistant cameraJörg Berger
    Still photographerTimm Engels
    Still photographerStina Teichmann
    Casting directorAlexandra Eck
    Casting assistantNadine Lindenau
    Costume designerSabine Keil
    DirectorJan-Gerrit Seyler
    1st AD (local system)Nadine Lindenau
    Script supervisorMira Hoffmann
    ScriptMira Hoffmann
    Storyboard artistAron Krause
    EditorThomas Henke
    ElectricianJörg Berger
    Makeup artist / hair stylistAnnekatrin Meier
    Additional make up artistMalin Schill
    ArrangerAron Krause
    ArrangerBoris Vogeler
    Music editorBoris Vogeler
    ProducerGerald Grote
    Set decoratorUlrike Brunner
    Prop masterUlrike Brunner
    Graphic artistRainer Klose-Andrée
    Graphic artistJan-Hinrich Puck
    Unit production managerMaren Stähr
    Assistant to production managerOliver Boczek
    Unit managerAlexandra Eck
    Set manager/ floor managerAlexandra Eck
    Production driverChristian Fleisch
    PA internOliver Boczek
    ScreenwriterJan-Gerrit Seyler
    IdeaJan-Gerrit Seyler
    Production sound mixerJörg von Rekowski
    Boom operatorAron Krause
    Sound designerBoris Vogeler
    Compositing supervisorThomas Henke
    Title designerMarius Gugg
    Caterer (assistance on set)Janna Rönnau
    Caterer (assistance on set)Jette Schaetzel

    Production companies

    EinfallsReich Filmproduktion [de]


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Jan-Gerrit Seyler2007Landes-Jugend-Video-Wettbewerb Schleswig-HolsteinBester FilmWinner