Brief synopsis

Monika is in her late forties and works as a freelance curator in Frankfurt. Her sharp tongue and witty comebacks often get her into trouble. When Monika unintentionally gets caught up in a raid near the train station, she makes the acquaintance of Josef, a Congolese businessman. He's about 38 years old, though neither he nor anyone else knows for sure. Josef is a diamond dealer and is looking for people to invest in a mine in Congo, but in the meantime he keeps himself afloat with various import/export ventures. He can speak five languages and is applying for asylum – though he constantly struggles against the stigmatization and bureaucratic obstacles he faces. Their coincidental encounter leads to a passionate love affair between two people whose lives could hardly be more different. And although they both believe they can fight the world together like "Bonnie and Clyde", a feeling of mutual mistrust gradually develops. Slowly but surely, their relationship turns into a battle ground for post-colonial conflicts.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Ursula Straussn.a. [L]
Passi BalendeJoseph [L]
Alex BrendemühlPeter [SR]
Nsumbo Tango SamuelAmbara [SR]
Victoria TrauttmansdorffUrsula [SR]
Hanns ZischlerMichael Schmidt-Fournier [SR]
Douglas GordonDouglas [SR]
Alexander E. FennonNotar [SR]
Katrin WichmannFreundin [SR]
Christa PaschGaleristin [BP]


Production accountantAndrea Göpfert
Production accountantJolanka Höhn
Post production coordinatorCora Frischling
ColoristDirk Meier
Director of photographyJenny Lou Ziegel
Additional photographyRaban Jakob Friedrich
Steadicam operatorMax Zaher
Steadicam operatorOliver Kreutner
1st assistant cameraMatthias 'Matze' Börner
2nd assistant cameraChristian Öhl
DIT digital imaging technicianClemens WolfartOn-Set Dailies Grading in ACES // AVID Project Prep
Camera traineeJonathan Schreiber
Casting directorUlrike Müller
Casting directorKatrin Vorderwülbecke
Costume designerSandra Ernst
Assistant costume designerInes Krüger
WardrobeLea Sommer
WardrobeValentina Dolce
Additional wardrobeIna Conrad
DirectorLisa Bierwirth
1st AD (local system)Sven Kämmerer
Trainee director's departmentSebastian Cyriacus Schultze
Trainee director's departmentSebastian Schultze
Script supervisor traineeLuise Schmerbach
EditorBettina Böhler
Assistant editorRoee BezalelPicture Lock Exports
Key gripRaban Jakob Friedrich
Best boyTom Sperling
Additional electricianGustavo Nagel
Makeup artist / hair stylistDörte Dobkowitz
ProducerJonas Dornbach
ProducerJanine Jackowski
ProducerMaren Ade
Production designerMarie-Luise Balzer
Prop masterMarie-Catherine Theiler
Standby propsJutta Saas
Property assistantLydia Giesler
Location scoutYvonne Wassong
Location scoutIris Czak
Set builderJürgen HennConstruction management Hessen
Graphic artistMartin Klinge
Line producerBen von Dobeneck
Assistant to line producerJanina Schafft
Production managerValeska Bochow
Production coordinatorKaren Bornkessel
Assistant production managerIsabella Nnaji
Location manager (local system)Johannes SchuchardtBerlin
Location manager (local system)Amelie KesslerFrankfurt
Set manager/ floor managerDothias Wörner
Assistant location managerNikolai FischerFrankfurt und Umgebung
Assistant set/floor managerMichael Ament
Set runnerVerena Engers
Production driverJens ItterBerlin
ScreenwriterHannes Held
ScreenwriterLisa Bierwirth
Production sound mixerJohannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Boom operatorOliver Göbel
Sound designerKai Tebbel
Commissioning editorClaudia Tronnier

Production companies

Komplizen Film GmbH [de]
ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel [de]Koproduktion

Distributing companies

Port au Prince Pictures GmbH [de]Germany (theatrical)
24 Bilder Film GmbH [de]


Extras/Bit PlayerAgentur filmissimo Inh. Antje MewsKomparsen und Specials Berlin
Finance/Law/Insuranceadag Payroll Services GmbHKomparsenabrechnung
Production Servicesbloc inc filmservice GmbH+ Trailer & Base generator & Equipment
Production Servicesdelikat & ausgewogenCatering costume servicesKB: Sandra Ernst
CostumesCOMME des COSTUMESKB: Sandra Ernst
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbHCostume supplies
PropsHahn-GrafixGraphic Artist
PropsI-Sight-Mediadigital props/computer inserts
Vehicles and aircraftsBerlin City CopsPolice, Police Officer
Film Processing/TransfersMind and Image GmbH & Co. KGLTO Creation


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Hannes Held2019Deutscher Drehbuchpreis [de]Bestes unverfilmtes DrehbuchNominated
Lisa Bierwirth2019Deutscher Drehbuchpreis [de]Bestes unverfilmtes DrehbuchNominated
Lisa Bierwirth2021Karlovy Vary IFF [cz]Crystal Globe CompetitionNominated
Lisa Bierwirth2021Hessischer Filmpreis [de]SpielfilmNominated
Lisa Bierwirth2021Filmkunstfest MV [de]SpielfilmNominated


2021GermanyFilmkunstfest MV


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 30/09/2021
PremiereSaturday, 21/08/2021Karlovy Vary IFF