Two broken souls meet by chance in the countryside. A man and a woman, neither of them young anymore, both saddled with great disappointments. They understand one another, even without the need for many words, each providing the other with support and solace for this brief section of life’s journey which they share.
Cinema has taken many different roads to tell stories of despair, pain, grief and loneliness. Yet this film forges its own unique path. It leads from an abandoned carpenter’s workshop via a run-down old house to a port. The pace is sedate, the whole area deserted. A bottle of schnapps, a bouquet of gladioli, a few apples and potatoes, a photograph, a suitcase and a book of Russian poems – these are the only props needed for the minimalist plot. The man constructs a wooden cross at one point and it’s just one of many scenes showing hands at work. With striking images of huge intensity and occasional bursts of percussion on the soundtrack, an intimate drama unfolds which is pared down but still full of emotion, a rumination on where we come from and where we are headed.
by Ludwig Wüst
with Ludwig Wüst, Claudia Martini, Suse Lichtenberger
Austria 2018 German 103’ Colour


  • Ludwig Wüst (Mann)
  • Claudia Martini (Frau)
  • Suse Lichtenberger (Frau am Telefon)


Written and Directed by Ludwig Wüst
Cinematography Klemens Koscher
Editing Samuel Käppeli
Music Andreas Dauböck
Sound Design Bernhard Maisch
Sound Tjandra Warsosumarto
Production Design Ludwig Wüst
Producers Maja Savić, Ludwig Wüst

Ludwig Wüst

Born in Vilseck, Germany in 1965. Since 1987, he has lived in Vienna, where he trained as an actor and singer at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Ludwig Wüst has worked as a theatre director, writer and actor, and since 1999 as a filmmaker.


2002 Ägyptische Finsternis; 63 min. 2006 Zwei Frauen; 58 min. 2007 Bon Voyage; 47 min. 2009 Koma; 83 min. 2011 Tape End; 60 min. 2012 2012: pasolinicode02112011; 15 min. 2013 Das Haus meines Vaters; 63 min. 2014 Abschied; 73 min. 2015 (ohne titel); 63 min. 2016 Heimatfilm; 87 min. 2018 Aufbruch

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018