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by Dito Tsintsadze

At the grave of Joseph´s beloved wife some unexpected visitors show up and introduce as relatives of the dead. At first the new family members comfort Joseph but little by little the turn into hostile invaders. Germany/Austria 2012, 104 min.

Josef (60) is standing at the grave of his wife who committed suicide after their young son died in an accident. After the death of the two people closest to Josef, he is a broken man. How is he supposed to live on, in this terrible, regretful loneliness? This is when Nina (45) and her son Simon (25) step into his life, they introduce themselves as distant relatives of his wife, condole him, their friendliness – even if he can‘t remember their faces – affect his wounds like blossoms. After the ceremony he invites them to his mansion at the edge of forest. He shows them around the house. Their deep sympathy and Marks friendliness bring warmth into his frozen heart. They promise each other to meet again. And the new-found relatives hold their promise. Mark invites Josef to his wedding. He is getting married to Milena (30), who is half Asian and of fascinating beauty… One word gives the other: The young couple is struggling for space and therefore move in with Josef for indefinite time. Nina follows them as a continuous guest, and brings a friend, Konstantin (40) who makes himself at home instantly. Also it turns out thatMilena has a son from an earlier marriage, called Marco (12). Business associates of Konstantin mysteriously appear, and create their own space in the villa… the empty house slowly fills with life again…. Life, is soon no longer controllable by Josef, and Nina makes Josef obvious offers which he rejects. However, he feels attracted to Julia in an irresistible way, an attraction which is passionately answered by Julia, despite her marriage to Simon, whom she unexplainably seems to be afraid of. Josef falls in love with Milena and does everything to please her. But while the play of love and the play of friendship turn themselves to a play of violence and the more Josef’s feelings clear up towards Nina, Julia, Mark and Daniel, who seem to control the house by the games they play, the more he begins to play his own game….

Actor Role
Burkhard Klaußner Josef
Heike Trinker Nina
Merab Ninidze Konstantin
David Imper Simon
Anna F Milena
Jasper Barwasser Marco


Director Dito Tsintsadze
Author Dito Tsintsadze
Producer Thanassis Karathanos
Karl Baumgartner
Vincent Lucassen;
Ebba Sinziger
in co-production with ARD Degeto
Director of Photography Ralf M Mendle
Editor Karina Ressler
Sound Design Eric Mischijew, Matz Müller
Mixing Alex Koller
Set-Design Jutta Freyer
Music Gio Tsintsadze
German distributor Neue Visionen
supported by: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Medienförderung Baden-Württemberg
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Deutscher Filmförderfonds
Filmfonds Wien