Yella has decided to leave her small town in eastern Germany for a promising job and a new life on the other side of the Elbe, leaving behind a failed marriage and broken dreams. In Hanover, Yella meets Philipp, a young executive at an equity firm, who gives her a job as his assistant.
Although she has no knowledge of the world of venture capital, steel-andglass offices and discretely-lit hotel lobbies, Yella soon discovers she has a knack with ruthless businessmen. Negotiations become a thrilling game of quick wits in which Yella's looks and icy demeanour are major assets. Yella sees a potential future with Philipp. He is serious, determined, and his goals could become shared projects. It seems ambitious Yella could finally get everything she has ever wanted.
But strange voices and sounds are plaguing Yella - truths from her past coming back to haunt her. She begins to worry that her new life could be too good to be true. She's determined to keep her eyes open - because those who sleep could well experience a rude awakening.
by Christian Petzold
with Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann
Germany 2007 89’

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