Der Architekt

The Architect
Successful Hamburg architect Georg Winter travels with his wife Eva and their two grown-up children Reh and Jan to his mother’s funeral in his snowbound native village in the mountains. At the funeral service, the mysterious Hannah, Georg’s former girlfriend who lives in the village with her son Alex, suddenly appears. This confrontation with the past causes the family’s seemingly harmonious façade to crumble, plunging them into a whirlpool of desires and confusion. Georg’s immediate instinct is to bolt, but the village is cut off from the outside world by an avalanche. No one can escape.
In her impressive debut, Ina Weisse tells the story of a family brought to the brink of disintegration by repression, fear, guilt and self-deception.
by Ina Weisse
with Josef Bierbichler, Hilde van Mieghem, Matthias Schweighöfer, Sandra Hüller, Sophie Rois, Lucas Zolger, Hark Bohm
Germany 2008 German 93’ Colour Rating R12


  • Josef Bierbichler (Georg Winter)
  • Hilde van Mieghem (Eva Winter)
  • Matthias Schweighöfer (Jan Winter)
  • Sandra Hüller (Reh Winter)
  • Sophie Rois (Hannah)
  • Lucas Zolger (Alex)
  • Hark Bohm (Roth)


Written and Directed by Ina Weisse
Screenplay Daphne Charizani
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnik
Editing Andreas Wodraschke
Music Annette Focks
Sound Design Felix Rogall
Sound Max Meindl
Art Director Susann Bieling
Costumes Stefanie Bieker
Make-Up Gisela Trescher, Ines Steininger
Casting Simone Bär
Production Manager Björn Eggert
Producer Peter Schwartzkopff

Ina Weisse

The actor and director was born in Berlin, Germany. After studying acting at the Otto Falckenberg School of the Performing Arts in Munich, she performed in theatres including the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, as well as taking roles in film and television productions. She then studied philosophy in Heidelberg and directing at Universität Hamburg. The Architect is her debut feature film as a director.


2001 Sonntags; short film 2002 Alles anders; short film 2004 Klara; short film 2008 Der Architekt 2019 Das Vorspiel

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020