The Waiting

Das Warten
A biologist describes her research into various species of frogs in the rainforest of Central America and their mysterious disappearance as if it were a criminal case. Brilliantly animated drawings accompany her vivid scientific analysis.
by Volker Schlecht
with Karen Lips
Germany 2023 English 16’ Black/White & Colour World premiere | Animation, Documentary Form


  • Karen Lips (Narrator)


Director Volker Schlecht
Screenplay Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch
Animation Volker Schlecht
Editing Volker Schlecht
Music Hannes Schulze
Sound Design Hannes Schulze
Sound Hannes Schulze, Michal Krajczok
Producers Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch
Co-Producer Volker Schlecht

Produced by

MobyDOK Medienproduktion

Volker Schlecht

Born in Radeberg, Germany in 1968, he works as an illustrator, draftsman and filmmaker in Berlin. He studied communication design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle and taught animation for a number of years at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and at the University of Europe in Berlin. He is currently professor of design and draftmanship at Anhalt University in Dessau. As an illustrator, he works under the joint label of Drushba Pankow with Alexandra Kardinar.

Filmography (short films, selection)

1997 Rue rosé (Pink Street) 2000 Sonst nichts (Nothing Else) 2008 Germania Wurst (German History in a Bite) 2009 Green New Deal 2012 Nobody’s Fool (Over You) 2014 Kyrie eleison (Transforming Gods) 2016 Kaputt 2017 Zwischen den Stühlen (Between the Chairs) 2021 Revolving Machine 2023 The Waiting

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023