Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war

When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was Before
“Actually, all he has to do is just concentrate exactly, then you don’t die.” – “I do it all the time, too. Otherwise, I’d already be dead a thousand times over.”

The household Josse grows up in hardly corresponds to the typical notions of family: his father is the director of a psychiatric clinic, on the premises of which their family home is located. Josse spends his childhood and adolescence with two brothers and liberal parents whose bourgeois life is threatening to break up their marriage. Again and again, Josse is plagued by fits of anger and sadness. He finds a sympathetic ear, consolation and the feeling of not being an oddball primarily among the psychiatric patients. The adaptation of Joachim Meyerhoff’s bestseller is carried by a well-known cast and tells a tragicomic tale about growing up in the 1970s. A soulful celebration of life in all its absurdity and transience.
by Sonja Heiss
with Arsseni Bultmann, Laura Tonke, Devid Striesow, Pola Geiger, Camille Loup Moltzen, Casper von Bülow, Merlin Rose, Axel Milberg
Germany 2023 German 116’ Colour empfohlen ab 14 Jahren


  • Arsseni Bultmann (Joachim Meyerhoff, 14 )
  • Laura Tonke (Iris Meyerhoff)
  • Devid Striesow (Richard Meyerhoff )
  • Pola Geiger (Marlene, 14)
  • Camille Loup Moltzen (Joachim Meyerhoff, 7 )
  • Casper von Bülow (Philipp Meyerhoff, 18)
  • Merlin Rose (Joachim Meyerhoff, 25)
  • Axel Milberg (Governor)


Director Sonja Heiss
Screenplay Sonja Heiss, Lars Hubrich
Cinematography Manuel Dacosse
Editing Julia Karg
Music Dickon Hinchliffe
Sound Design Daniel Iribarren
Sound Andreas Prescher
Sound Mixing Adrian Baumeister
Production Design Erwin Prib
Costumes Katrin Unterberger
Make-Up Astrid Weber, Hannah Fischleder
Casting Nina Haun, Jacqueline Rietz
Assistant Director Tatiana Merizalde Dobles
Line Producers Janina Schafft, Ulli Neumann
Producers Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade
Executive Producer Ben von Dobeneck
Co-Producers Jean-Yves Roubin, Cassandre Warnauts
Co-Production Frakas Productions Liège, Belgien

Sonja Heiss

The screenwriter, director and novelist studied at HFF Munich. Her debut feature film Hotel Very Welcome premiered in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the Berlinale and won numerous prizes including the First Steps Award. Hedi Schneider steckt fest also screened at the Berlinale, this time in the Forum, and went on to win the Hessian Film Award. Her first book, a collection of short stories named “Das Glück geht aus”, was published in 2011. Her critically acclaimed novel “Rimini” came out in 2017 and made it onto the Spiegel bestseller list. She lives in Berlin.


1999 Schnell und Sauber; short film 2001 Karma Cowboy; medium-length film 2004 Christina ohne Kaufmann; short film 2007 Hotel Very Welcome 2015 Hedi Schneider steckt fest (Hedi Schneider Is Stuck) 2023 Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war (When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was Before)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023