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And then someone gets up and opens the window

Drama 2021 Das Erste
Photo: Nadja Klier

Based on Susann Pásztor's bestselling novel 

Karla, a stubborn, taciturn and brittle photographer, has only a few months to live and no desire for sentimentality. Fred, a single father, traffic planner and recently also a death attendant, always tries to do everything right: With his 13-year-old son Phil, with traffic lights, and especially with Karla. His well-intentioned efforts threaten to fail spectacularly. Karla has no intention of reconciling with her past to fit in with  Fred's beautiful plan and turns him down. But the shy Phil, of all people, finds the access to Karla that is denied to his father and an exciting journey begins. While father and son believe they are accompanying Karla towards her death, the opposite happens. For from Karla the two learn the most important thing of all, namely how to live.

A tender, humorous, heartfelt story about three outsiders, about personal growth and about life.

Pictures: Nadja Klier

Das Erste
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Press reviews

Traurig und bewegend – mitten aus dem Leben.
TV 14
Gefühlvolle Buchverfilmung mit Sinn fürs Leben.
TV Direkt
Bewegende, aber unsentimentale Szenen, die einen ziemlich mitnehmen können.
Grandiose Besetzung der drei Hauptrollen.
So emotional und doch so kitschfern. Da wird kein Wort zu viel gesagt und auch die Musik wird sparsam eingesetzt.
Berliner Zeitung
Der Film berührt, ohne dabei ins Sentimentale abzudriften.
Stuttgarter Zeitung


Deutscher Hörfilmpreis TV & VOD nominated
ROMY Beste Movie TV/Stream nominated
Preis der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen (DAfF) Best Actor leading role Godehard Giese
Preis der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen (DAfF) Best Actor supporting role Claude Albert Heinrich nominated
Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen Best Actors Iris Berben, Godehard Giese, Claude Heinrich
Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen Rheingold Publikumspreis
Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen Filmkunstpreis nominated

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer
Fräncy Schröder
ARD Degeto
Commissioning Editor
Stefan Kruppa, Christoph Pellander
Astrid Ruppert
Till Endemann
Director of Photography
Bjørn Haneld
Iris Berben, Godehard Giese, u.v.m.
Line Producer
Unit Production Manager
Frank Lübke
Set Design
Monika Nix
Costume Design
Maria Schicker
Adella Selzer, Stephanie Adam
Enis Rotthoff
Friederike von Normann

Executive Producer

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