A Friday in October. Twenty-four hours in the lives of a group of friends. These six people are in their early thirties, single, and live in Berlin’s Neukölln district. Novelist Övünç is experiencing writer’s block. Pascal has a successful career but feels a gnawing desire to throw it all away for another life entirely. He and Raha, an actor, have recently split up. Raha is working on her career every single day but it’s proving to be a long time coming. Kara prefers to stay the night at friends’ places rather than at home. Henner spends the day in a bar where he meets Anja, who later on gladly joins the group. All of them regard their current existences as transitory. In between the baggage of their personal histories and their repeatedly blocked perspectives on their lives to be, a void opens up but they also experience the intensity of the here and now in highly condensed, ephemeral moments. That evening, the group celebrates Övünç’s birthday. The scene quickly shifts from day to night as they meander through the streets and bars of Neukölln. A raging lust for life. Longing for that special something to finally come to pass which has so eluded them during the day.
by Simona Kostova
with Övünç Güvenişik, Pascal Houdus, Kara Schröder, Raha Emami Khansari, Henner Borchers, Anja Langer
Germany 2019 German, French, English 114’ Colour


  • Övünç Güvenişik (Övünç)
  • Pascal Houdus (Pascal)
  • Kara Schröder (Kara)
  • Raha Emami Khansari (Raha)
  • Henner Borchers (Henner)
  • Anja Langer (Anja)


Written and Directed by Simona Kostova
Cinematography Anselm Belser
Editing Simona Kostova
Music Ceylan Ataman-Checa
Sound Design Sven Jensen-Brakelmann, Alexandre Leser, Simona Kostova
Sound Sven Jensen-Brakelmann, Wanja Hüffell
Costumes Simona Kostova
Casting Simona Kostova
Production Managers Ceylan Ataman-Checa, Jörg Daniel
Executive Producer Andreas Louis
Producer Ceylan Ataman-Checa

Produced by

Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb)

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Simona Kostova

Born in Burgas, Bulgaria in 1983, after completing high school she studied drama in Sofia and then had engagements at several of the city’s theatres. Alongside her acting career, she became increasingly interested in directing. In 2009, she moved to Berlin where she took up a degree in directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin in 2010.


2019 Dreissig (Thirty)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019