drama | 95 min | D 2002


Following the successful novel „Scherbentanz“ in spring 2002, Chris Kraus illustrates the inferno of family relations like a drawing on the wall: Impossible to escape, horrible, yet full of love and fun. The art-house drama, which was produced in cooperation with SWR, Arte and BR is an apocalyptic dance on the vulcano of lost illusions, with unpredictable and uncompromising heroes. The strange and tragic family-story with Jürgen Vogel, Nadja Uhl and Margit Carstensen in the leading roles, was received with great enthusiasm from both press and audience at the Munich Film Festival, where it received the award for best script.


Jesko: Jürgen Vogel

Käthe: Margit Carstensen

Zitrone: Nadja Uhl

Ansgar: Peter Davor

Gebhard: Dietrich Hollinderbäumer

Käthe jung: Andrea Sawatzki

Charlotte: Roxanne Borski

Gebhard jung: Dirk Christian Körner

Jesko Kind: David Schwarzenthal

Ansgar Kind: Daniel Veigel

Stiefi: Monika Hirschle

Bernie: Ronnie Janot

Prof. Freundlieb: Wolfgang Klapper


script and directing: Chris Kraus

producer: Norbert W. Daldrop

executive producer: Joseph Rau

producer: Monika Kintner

cinematography: Judith Kaufmann

stage design: Silke Buhr

costume: Gioia Raspé

editing: Renate Merck

music: Jan Tilman Schade

production management: Meike Kordes

directing assistant: Claudia Beewen

script and continuity: Caroline Krebsfänger

casting: Birgit Geier, Stefanie Larson

head lighting technician: Frank Zschieschow

grip: Manfred Baier

sound: Angelo D’Angelico, Laurenz Schmidt-Justen

make-up: Ingrid Thier-Münzel

sound mixing: Michael Riedmiller

sound design: Kirsten Kunhardt

sound editing: Oliver Barth

editing department SWR: Saskia von Sanden

editing department arte: Georg Steinert

editing department BR: Dr. Gabriela Sperl

nominations & awards

nominated for Deutscher Filmpreis

Deutscher Kamerapreis

Bayerischer Filmpreis
(best directiong)

Bayerischer Filmpreis
(best cast: Margit Carstensen)

Förderpreis Deutscher Film

Berlinale – German Cinema

AFI Grand Jury Prize

Goldene Kamera
(best cast: Jürgen Vogel)

New Faces Award

two nominations for Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik
(best main actor and best main actress)

project details

script and directing: Chris Kraus

production: avindependents

co-production: SWR, arte, BR

funding: funded by Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG)

cinema-premiere: 31.10.2002

distribution: movienet