Brief synopsis

A man flees from one world to another that is strange and cold. Furs and fires keep him warm; a cave serves as his shelter. He is a broken man who wants to be alone. But even isolation does not bring him inner peace. Once again, he goes on a journey, this time into the self. He explores his dreams, confronts memories and seeks out visions. The rare encounters with other people are in languages he does not speak, determined by bodies that fascinate him, and by types of love he explores and then loses. His journey becomes a dance with demons, but time and again it flares up: light.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Willem DafoeClint [L]
Dounia SichovEx-Wife [SR]
Simon McBurneyMagician [SR]
Cristina ChiriacRussian Woman [SR]
Daniel Giménez CachoTeacher [SR]
Phil NeilsonWoodsman [SR]
Fabio PaganoMonk [SR]
Anna FerraraClint’s Son [SR]
Laurentio ArnatsiaqInuit [SR]
Trish OsmondLady in Cellar [BP]


Director of photographyStefano Falivene
Casting directorTanja Schuh
Casting directorGiulio Donato
Costume designerBrenda Gómez
Assistant costume designerMonica Siviero
DirectorAbel Ferrara
EditorFabio Nunziata
EditorLeonardo D. Bianchi
Camera car driverWolfgang Petters
Best boyMartin NiklasDeutschland
Additional electricianMartina Ferraretto
Additional electricianThomas RoßbachRigging Bayern
ComposerJoe Delia
Production designerRenate SchmadererProduction Design
Assistant production designerCosima Krubasik
Art directorMarion Schubert
Set decoratorAnca Rafan
Assistant set decoratorSebastian MartinItaly
Assistant set decoratorMiriam Müller
Art department coordinatorCarl Obereisenbuchner
Location scoutCarlos LozaBayern
Location scoutFlorian Mohn
Scenic painterDominik ReindlBAVARIA STUDIOS
Graphic artistEva Hartmann [1]Graphic Designer
Property driverTill Schwertfeger
Line producerBogdan Tomassini-Büchner
Unit production managerDaniele Esposito
Unit production managerBjörn Grünler
Senior stage managerMichael Hilscher
Production coordinatorJulia Kötz
Unit managerBjörn GrünlerBayern
Location managerFlorian MohnLocation Manager / Pre-Production
Production driverLudwig Diez+ Set Runner, Bayern
Production driverAlessandro Miraglia
Personal driverLaszlo SomogyiWillem Dafoe , Bayern
ScreenwriterAbel Ferrara
ScreenwriterChrist Zois
Production sound mixerLavinia Burcheri
Sound designerNeil Benezra
Special effects supervisorWolfgang Petters
Special effects supervisorHelmut Neudorfer
Stuntman/womanAnni Nagelcamera quad driver+ real snow SFX assistant

Production companies

Maze Pictures GmbHKoproduktion
Vivo Film [it]

Distributing companies

The Match Factory GmbH [de]


Animals for FilmFilmtiertraining Eve SchwenderFriesenhengst Yvo
Extras/Bit PlayerProducer’s Friend GmbH [de]Bayern
Production ServicesÖ wie Knödel / Goldene Rose GmbH
CostumesFTA Film- und Theater-Ausstattung GmbHMUC
Locations and StudiosBavaria Studios & Production Services GmbHund Set-Bau
Special EffectsWolfgang Petters Filmbau & FilmserviceReal Snow SFX


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Abel Ferrara2020Berlin International Film Festival [de]WettbewerbNominated


2020GermanyBerlin International Film FestivalCompetition


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 19/03/2020
PremiereMonday, 24/02/2020Berlinale