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Neander-Jin The Return of the Neanderthal Man

  • Neander Jin - Die Rückkehr des Neandertalers (German title)
Feature Film | 2009-2011 | Comedy | Germany

Shooting data

Number of shooting days20
LocationsNeanderthal, Los Angeles, Tijuana (Mexico), Kyoto (Japan), Köln

Project data

Length of movie80'
Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Picture material negativeHD
Picture material positiveHD
Sound formatDolby SRD / Dolby digital (5.1, 6 Kanäle)



  • Neander Jin - Neanderthalman Trailer 2013

Brief synopsis

NEANDER-JIN - THE RETURN OF THE NEANDERTHAL MAN is a screwball comedy about the media buzz surrounding the homecoming of Germany's most prominent citizen, a 50,000 year old Neanderthalman, to his native town near Düsseldorf. After an explosion at a pumping station in the Neanderthal Valley, technician Martin Arnold discovers the troglodyte, but no one believes Arnold, who is whisked away to a psychiatric hospital. Meanwhile, the ruthless citizens of the modern world give chase to our 50.000-year-old ancestor. A madcap pack of quasi-criminal tabloid journalists, publicity-seeking anthropologists, and power-hungry media bosses compete for the fame and wealth the commercialization of this world-wide sensation promises. Our Neanderthalman, overwhelmed by the maelstrom of modern society, finds safe harbor in the garden shed of Barbara van Schmerling, a 23-year-old student of environmental planning. She takes him under her wing in order to save 'the last living testimony of former humanity and naturalness' from the corrupting influences of western civilization. But when her altruistic feelings turn romantic, she must choose between personal ethics and true love. A comedic snapshot of the ultimate reality experience.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Jon ChardietNeander-Jin [L]
Sarah MühlhauseBarbara van Schmerling [L]
 Milton WelshMarc Armagnac [L]
Rick ZieffMartin Arnold [L]
Rosalind AyresGiesela Kasper [SR]
 Kirstin HesseErika [SR]
Martin JarvisPeter Blodnik [SR]
 Michael KleiberProcesskeeper Gerichtsvollzieher [SR]
Leonard KuhnenWaiter [SR]
 Dörte NiedermeierKatja [SR]


Accounting Dept.production accountantMichaela Doll
Camera Departmentdirector of photography Christina Hilden
Camera Departmentcamera operatorYoshinobu Murahashi
Camera Departmentcamera operatorThomas C. Gertsch
Camera Department1st assistant cameraPatrick Zepp
Camera Departmentstill photographerCharles Raymond Hixon
Castingcasting directorAvgusta Cherneva
Costume Departmentcostume designerAvgusta Cherneva
Costume Departmentcostume designerLeticia Raasch de Oliviera
Director's DepartmentdirectorFlorian Steinbiss

Production companies

Constant Flow Productions GmbH [de]


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Florian Steinbiss2010The Indie Fest - Virtual FestivalBest of Show - Feature FilmWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011Geneva Film FestivalEmerging Narrative Feature FilmmakerWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011Vegas Cine FestBest Feature ComedyWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011Moondance International Film FestivalStarfish-Award for Feature ComedyWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011The Indie Gathering2nd Award Feature ComedyWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011Buffalo Niagara Film FestivalBest Direction in a Feature FilmWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011Sky Fest VIFeature FilmWinner
Florian Steinbiss2011Jamfest Indie Film Festival [us]SilverWinner
 Christina Hilden2011Hoboken Film FestivalBest CinematographerNominated
Avgusta Cherneva2011Hoboken Film FestivalBest EditingNominated