Brief synopsis

Anna is working as a violin teacher at a music high school in Berlin. Her French husband Bronsky is a violin maker. They have a ten-year-old son. At the annual entrance exam, Anna decides against the will of her colleagues for the admission of a boy in which she sees a great talent. She wants to prove to her colleagues that she was right about him and soon devotes more time and attention to her new student Alexander than to her own son Jonas and thus brings the two boys into competition with each other. At the same time, her marriage to Bronsky becomes more complicated. Anna withdraws more and more from her family and begins an affair with her colleague Christian, who encourages her to participate in a quartet. When Anna fails at her own concert with Christian, she feels under pressure. What she did not succeed in shall be achieved by her gifted student Alexander. More and more obsessed she tries to drive him to peak performance. On the day of the interim exams, a tragic accident occurs ...



ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Nina HossAnna Bronsky [L]
Simon AbkarianPhilippe Bronsky [L]
Jens AlbinusChristian [L]
Ilja MontiAlexander [L]
Serafin MishievAnnas Sohn Jonas [L]
Alexander HörbeWaiter [GS]
Sophie Roisn.a. [SR]
Winnie Böwe
n.a. [SR]
Thomas Thiemen.a. [SR]


Production accountantJutta A. Groß-Holler
Director of photographyJudith Kaufmann
Camera operatorDaniel Leibold
Steadicam operatorDaniel Leibold
Steadicam operatorMatthias Biber
1st assistant cameraBoye Klüver
1st assistant cameraGregor Grieshaberadditionnal, B Cam
2nd assistant cameraPeter Zender
Video assist/playback operatorFrancesca Carola
Still photographerPeter Hartwig
Casting directorNina HaunGermany
Casting directorYouna De PerettiFrance
Casting directorPatrick DreikaussChildren Germany
Casting assistantAlrun Seifert
Extras/bit player castingClaudia Ferse
Costume designerPetra Kray
Assistant costume designerNancy Géron( Junior-Assistant )
Assistant costume designerKathrin Roth-Wagner
WardrobeKati Lafin
WardrobeAnna Biskaborn
Additional wardrobeRonja Krampitz
DirectorIna Weisse
1st AD (local system)Sandro Silva
2nd AD crowd (local system)Johanna von Salmuth
Actor coach (children)Gudrun Bahrmannpre-prod
EditorHansjörg Weißbrich
Assistant editorFelix Zimmermann [1]
Key/dolly gripCarsten Eisenach
Grip assistantJulius Kniffki
GafferTimm BrücknerDOP: Judith Kaufmann
Best boyBjörn Bethke
Additional electricianRobert Bergmann
Lighting assistantDarius Tschorn
Lighting traineeMirko Hans
ProducerFelix von Boehm
Co-producerPierre-Olivier BardetIdéale Audience
Co-producerJan Krüger [1]
Assistant to producerCaroline DietzePort au Prince
Production designerSusanne Hopf
Assistant production designerManja Hunger
Construction coordinatorRemo Stecher
Prop masterSascha Strutz
Standby propsAnja Heinicke
Set dresserDaniela Grömke
Location scoutIris Czak
Location scoutMarei Wenzel
Set builderMichael Reinemann
Property driverFelix Eckert
Property driverFelix Eckert
Line producerChristine Rau
Production managerSabina Belcher
Production coordinatorInes Frommholz
Assistant production managerNele Hussmann
Unit managerArne Duppler
Location managerHerman Rohner
Set manager/ floor managerGisela Emberger
Assistant location managerPhilipp Gabriel
Assistant set/floor managerPauline Binke
Production driverJens Marschalleck
Production driverMichael Weckwerth
Production driverKarin Schneider
ScreenwriterDaphné Charizani
ScreenwriterIna Weisse
Production sound mixerGuillaume Sciama
Boom operatorMisha Boursadditionnal
Sound re-recording mixerBruno Tarrière
Commissioning editorOlaf GrunertZDF/ARTE
Commissioning editorBarbara HäbeARTE
Commissioning editorDaniel BlumZDF
Child supervisorMartha Wohlleber
Child supervisorLaura Caesar

Distributing companies

Les Films du Losange [fr]Distribution France & International Sales
PFA Films [it]Italy (cinema)
Port au Prince Pictures GmbH [de]Germany (theatrical)


GripMaier Bros. GmbH
Extras/Bit Playeragentur wanted
Lighting and UtilitiesMaier Bros. GmbH
Finance/Law/Insuranceadag Payroll Services GmbHextras payroll service
Finance/Law/InsuranceMarsh GmbH
Production ServicesAnnette & Lena Seggert Filmcateringservice GbR
Production Servicesbloc inc filmservice GmbH+ Equipment
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationGCH Hotel Group
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationGCH Hotel GroupTRYP by Wyndham Halle costume servicesCostumes: Petra Kray
CostumesCOMME des COSTUMESCostumes: Petra Kray
CostumesKostümfundus Babelsberg GmbHCostumes: Petra Kray
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbHCostume supplies
CostumesTheaterkunst GmbH KostümausstattungCostumes: Petra Kray
CostumesWellenstein zeitgenössische Kostüme GmbHCostumes: Petra Kray
Makeup and HairDie MaskeMakeup trailer
PropsHahn-GrafixGraphic Artist
Image/EditingHarrington Media Art & Design GmbHedit suite, assistant editor Felix Zimmermann
Subtitles / Audio descriptionDubdollsSubtitling DEU+FRA DEU+FRA+


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Nina Hoss2019SSIFF Int. Film Festival San Sebastián [es]Silberne Muschel - Beste SchauspielerinWinner
Nina Hoss2021Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik 2020 [de]Best ActressWinner


2020GermanyFestival des Deutschen Films
2019CanadaToronto International Film FestivalDiscovery
2019SpainSan Sebastian International Film Festival (Zinemaldia)Competition
2019GermanyFilmfest Hamburg


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 23/01/2020
Theatre releaseSpainFriday, 15/11/2019
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 06/11/2019
PremiereSunday, 08/09/2019Toronto International Film Festival [ca]