A bourgeois dog confesses how he was transformed from being a filmmaker to being four-legged: Unable to find financing for his film, JULIAN is forced to accept a job as a seasonal farmhand. At a party, however, he makes the young Canadian expat CAMILLE believe that he's going to do research for a communist fairy-tale film and offers her the leading part. To his great surprise, she decides to accompany him, sparking off Julian's lurking romantic fantasies... Thus they arrive at the deceitfully idyllic scene of an exploitative apple plantation. While Julian finds the manual labour agonizing and fears his strange roommates, Camille enthusiastically plunges into the alleged research and makes friends with HONG and SANCHO, two credulous proletarians in pursuit of happiness. For Julian, it's getting more and more difficult to act the communist filmmaker. And what's more, a hot-tempered model worker with American dreams gets in his way, a mute monk with magical powers and a screw loose shows up, the owner of the plantation accidentally gets killed, and an attempted revolution ends up in confusion. At this moment, however, the sparrows in the trees come up with an unexpected plan... 


Writer, Director, Editor - Julian Radlmaier

Producer - Kirill Krasovski

Director of Photography - Markus Koob

Scenography - Merle Vorwald

Costume Design - Sara Wendt, Natia Bakhtadze

Sound recording - Kai Ziarkowski

Assistant Directors - Jan Bachman, Naemi Büchtemann

Sound design - Christian Obermaier

Sound mix - Silvio Naumann

Color grading - Matilda Mester

Music - Han-Gyeol Lie, Julian Radlmaier

Production manager: Hanna Cramer

Full credits on Filmportal↩︎



Julian Radlmaier, Deragh Campbell, Kyung-Taek Lie, Beniamin Forti, Zurab Rtveliashvili, Ilia Korkashvili, Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Bruno Derksen, Mex Schlüpfer, Anton Gonopolski, Sulgi Lie, Carlos Bustamante



Germany 2017, Digital / DCP, Dolby 5.1, 1:1,37, 99 min



faktura film↩︎ in co-production with RBB and dffb



Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft mbH



Germany (Grandfilm↩︎), Austria (Filmgarten↩︎), Mexico (La Ola Cine↩︎), Ukraine (Kyiv Music Film↩︎), Russia (Cineticle↩︎)



  • German Film Critics Award: Best first feature 2017
  • First Steps Award (Nomination)


  • Berlinale, Germany (Perspektive)
  • IFF Rotterdam, Netherlands (Bright Future Competition)
  • FICUNAM, Mexico City, Mexiko
  • Rio de Janeiro IFF, Brazil
  • Melbourne IFF, Australia
  • New Horizons Wroclaw, Poland
  • Sevilla European Film Festival, Spain (Competion Las Nuevas Olas)
  • IFF Prague Febiofest, Czech Republic
  • Crossing Europe Linz, Austria (Int. Competition)
  • Riga IFF, Latvia (Int. Competition)
  • Indie Film Festival Sao Paulo / Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Scanorama IFF Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Kolkata IFF, India
  • Innovative Film Festival Bangalore, India
  • Bildrausch Filmfestival Basel, Switzerland (Int. Competition)
  • Altan Khalys Independent FF Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Fajr IFF Teheran, Iran
  • FICIC Cosquín, Argentina (Int. Competition)
  • La Berlinale à Paris, Goethe Institut Paris, France
  • European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück, Germany
  • Horizonte 2019, Tokyo, Japan
  • Umea Film Festival, Sweden
  • Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • German Film Festival Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla & Guanajuato, Mexico
  • German Film Festival Bucharest, Romania
  • Festival of German Cinema in China (Beijing, Chengdu, Nanjing), China
  • German Film Festival Singapore
  • Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt, Germany
  • GegenKino Leipzig, Germany
  • Berlin Art Film Festival, Germany
  • German Film Festival Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Festival de Cine Aleman Madrid, Spain
  • Semana de Cinema Aleman Malaga, Spain
  • KINO – Mostra de Cinema de Expressão Alemã, Lissabon, Portugal
  • Cineclub Santa Fe / Cine América, Argentina
  • Unfolding Kafka Festival Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mubi Special, Spectacle Theater New York, USA
  • Cineteca Madrid, Spain
  • Cineclub Municipal Hugo de Carril, Cordoba, Argentina (Limited Release)
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
  • A4 Kino Inak Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Pavillon Poznan, Poland
  • Cinéma Galeries, Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Goethe Institut Sankt Petersburg, Russia
  • Azgur Museum Minsk Open Air, Belarus
  • Survival 16 Art Review Wroclaw, Polen
  • 40. Duisburger Akzente, Germany
  • Novas Invasoes Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • V-A-C Foundation, Venice, Italiy
  • "Utopia fürs Volk", Museum Schaffen Winterthur, Switzerland
  • "Die Ästhetik des Widerstands", Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
  • New York University, USA









Poster artwork by Jan Bachmann↩︎

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