The Calling

  • Die Berufung (German title)
Video Installation | 2016 | Germany

Main data

Project data

Length of movie17'


  • Ausschnitt / excerpt

Brief synopsis

The Calling illustrates a fictional portrait of Thomas, a son of a protestant pastor who was not accepted to art school in East Germany during the times of the GDR due to his religious background. Nowadays, in his late 50’s, still haunted by that trauma, he lives with his wife, in a huge house that they inherited from the wife aristocrat family.
Thomas actions are accompanied with a voice over of his daughter who tells his life story from her own perspective. Thomas has a rather comfort life free from financial burden. His daily leisure activities and houseman obligations are encompassed by melancholia and doubts about the sense of the calling of his life.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Thomas RudnickThomas [L]
Voice Over [L]Eva Bay


directorAssaf Gruber
editorJanina Herhoffer
composerTerry Riley
freelance producerEyal Vexler
production sound mixerFrank Bubenzer
sound re-recording mixerJochen Jezussek

Production companies

Assaf Gruber Produktion