In den Gängen

In the Aisles
Christian is new to the superstore. He mutely plunges into this unknown universe: the endless aisles, the eternal order of the warehouses, the surreal mechanicisms of the forklift trucks. His colleague Bruno from the drinks department takes him under his wing, showing him all the tricks of the trade and soon becomes a fatherly friend. Marion from the confectionary department likes to have a bit of a laugh and a joke with Christian. When he falls in love with her, the entire warehouse is rooting for him. But Marion is married, albeit unhappily by all accounts. All of a sudden she goes on sick leave. Christian falls into a deep hole, so deep in fact, that his miserable old life threatens to engulf him once more.
In his film In den Gängen Thomas Stuber opens a window on the world of an ordinary worker in the east German provinces. A choreography of people and things, reality, desires and dreams unfolds in precisely framed images. The everyday is transformed into a magical realism which transcends this tender love story to point tentatively towards the concept of hope.
by Thomas Stuber
with Franz Rogowski, Sandra Hüller, Peter Kurth, Andreas Leupold, Michael Specht, Ramona Kunze-Libnow, Henning Peker, Steffen Scheumann, Matthias Brenner, Gerdy Zint
Germany 2018 German 125’ Colour World premiere


  • Franz Rogowski (Christian)
  • Sandra Hüller (Marion)
  • Peter Kurth (Bruno)
  • Andreas Leupold (Rudi)
  • Michael Specht (Paletten-Klaus)
  • Ramona Kunze-Libnow (Irina)
  • Henning Peker (Wolfgang)
  • Steffen Scheumann (Norbert)
  • Matthias Brenner (Jürgen)
  • Gerdy Zint (Tino)


Director Thomas Stuber
Screenplay Clemens Meyer, Thomas Stuber
Cinematography Peter Matjasko
Editing Kaya Inan
Sound Design Kai Tebbel
Sound Christoph Schilling
Production Design Jenny Roesler
Costumes Juliane Maier, Christian Röhrs
Make-Up Hanna Hackbeil
Assistant Director Meno Sellschopp 
Casting Anja Dihrberg, Karen Wendland
Line Producer Michael Jungfleisch, Sophie Cocco
Production Manager Jörg Lassak
Producers Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Co-Producers Martin Frühmorgen, Undine Filter, Thomas Král
Co-Production Rotor Film Potsdam
Departures Film Leipzig

Produced by

Sommerhaus Filmproduktion

Thomas Stuber

Born in Leipzig, Germany in 1981, after gaining work experience in the film industry he studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg from 2004 to 2011. His short film Es geht uns gut won a development award from the Baden-Württemberg film industry in 2006. His feature film Teenage Angst screened in the 2008 Perspektive Deutsches Kino. In 2011, Von Hunden und Pferden was nominated for the First Steps Award, won the German Short Film Award and, in 2012, a Student Academy Award in Silver. His film Herbert premiered in Toronto in 2015 and won the German Film Award in Silver in 2016.


2006 Es geht uns gut; short film 2008 Teenage Angst 2011 Von Hunden und Pferden 2015 Herbert · Tatort: Verbrannt 2016 Ein Mann unter Verdacht 2017 Kruso 2018 In den Gängen (In the Aisles)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018