Bad Banks

Ambitious Jana is confronted with the unscrupulous, profit-oriented machinations of the world of finance. Her working life is determined by egotism, the pressure to succeed and machismo. She soon has to decide how far she is prepared to go for her career.
by Christian Schwochow
with Paula Beer, Barry Atsma, Désirée Nosbusch, Albrecht Schuch, Mai Duong Kieu, Marc Limpach, Tobias Moretti, Jörg Schüttauf, Jean-Marc Barr, Germain Wagner
Germany / Luxembourg 2017 German, English 101’ Colour Rating R12


  • Paula Beer (Jana Liekam)
  • Barry Atsma (Gabriel Fenger)
  • Désirée Nosbusch (Christelle Leblanc)
  • Albrecht Schuch (Adam Pohl)
  • Mai Duong Kieu (Thao Hoang)
  • Marc Limpach (Luc Jacoby)
  • Tobias Moretti (Quirin Sydow)
  • Jörg Schüttauf (Peter Schultheiß)
  • Jean-Marc Barr (Robert Khano)
  • Germain Wagner (Ties Jacoby)


Director Christian Schwochow
Story Oliver Kienle
From an idea by Lisa Blumenberg
Screenplay Oliver Kienle Headwriter, Jana Burbach, Jan Galli Writersroom
Cinematography Frank Lamm
Editing Jens Klüber, Julia Karg
Music Kyan Bayani
Sound Carlo Thoss
Art Director Tim Pannen
Producers Lisa Blumenberg, Nicolas Steil
Executive Producer Günther Russ
Broadcaster ZDF Mainz
Arte G.E.I.E. Straßburg

World sales

Federation Entertainment

Produced by

Letterbox Filmproduktion

Iris Productions

Christian Schwochow

In 2008, he graduated from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg with his debut feature film, Novemberkind. This was followed by Die Unsichtbare, his television debut Der Turm and the cinema film Westen. He directed Bornholmer Straße and the first part in the NSU trilogy, Heute ist nicht alle Tage, for German public broadcaster ARD. In 2016, his feature film Paula premiered at Locarno while his series Bad Banks premiered in Berlinale Series in 2018. He directed the cinema adaptations of the classic novel “Deutschstunde” and the bestseller “Munich”. He has won prizes including the Grimme Award, the Max Ophüls Prize Audience Award and the German Film Award.


2008 Novemberkind 2011 Die Unsichtbare 2012 Der Turm 2013 Westen 2015 Bornholmer Strasse; TV movie · Tatort – Borowski und der Himmel über Kiel; TV movie 2016 Die Pfeiler der Macht; TV series · Paula · Mitten In Deutschland: NSU – Die Täter; TV movie 2018 Bad Banks; TV series 2019 The Crown; TV series, season 3, 2 episodes · Deutschstunde 2021 Je suis Karl

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021