Brief synopsis

Somewhere in Central Europe, perhaps in the vicinity of Vienna, in the near future. Ten-year-old Elli is an android, as we soon learn. She takes shape through programming and this turns her into a fantasy figure. Firstly for a man she calls “Daddy” with whom she lies by the pool and for whom she dresses up in the house at the edge of the forest. Elli is the vessel for his memories, which mean nothing to her, but everything to him. One day he runs after a strange echo and gets lost in the darkness while Elli, who follows him, is picked up by strangers. A new identity awaits her, a new ghostly existence – as a blank screen onto which others can project their loss of the paradise that is childhood.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Lena WatsonElli / Emil [L]
Dominik WartaGeorg [L]
Ingrid BurkhardMs. Schikowa [L]
Jana McKinnonElli [L]
Susanne GschwendtnerBirgit [SR]


Director of photographyTimm Kröger
Costume designerAndrea Jirez
DirectorSandra Wollner
1st AD (local system)Astrid Schäfer
EditorHannes Bruun
Makeup artist / hair stylistGabi Grünwald
ComposerDavid Schweighart
ComposerPeter Kutin
ProducerDavid Bohun
ProducerLixi Frank
Co-producerViktoria Stolpe
Co-producerTimm Kröger
Co-producerAstrid Schäfer
Co-producerAndi G Hess
Production designerPia Jaros
Prop masterVeronika Tupy
Production managerViktoria Stolpe
Production managerAndi G Hess
ScreenwriterSandra Wollner
ScreenwriterRoderick Warich
Production sound mixerJohannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Sound re-recording mixerSimon Peter
Sound designerPeter Kutin
Stuntman/womanCornelia DworakStuntdouble Ingrid Burkhard
Commissioning editorBurkhard AlthoffZDF
Commissioning editorSusanne Spellitz

Distributing companies

Cercamon [ae]


CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbHKostümequipment


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Sandra Wollner2020Berlin International Film Festival [de]Spezialpreis der JuryNominated
Sandra Wollner2020First Stepsfeature-length filmWinner
Sandra Wollner2020San Sebastian Film Festival (Zinemaldia) [es]Zabaltegi-Tabakalera AwardNominated
Astrid Schäfer2020First StepsNO FEAR Award für Nachwuchsproduzent·innenNominated
Panama Film KG2020Romy [at]Bester KinofilmWinner


2020GermanyBerlinale - Int'l Filmfestspiele BerlinEncounters
2020PolandIFF New Horizons [pl]International Competition
2020GermanyFilmschau Baden-Württemberg
2020GermanyFilmfestival Cologne [de]
2020SpainSan Sebastian Film Festival (Zinemaldia)Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Competition


PremiereTuesday, 25/02/2020Berlinale