Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, music journalist Ruth and her father Edek, a Holocaust survivor, go on a tour of his homeland of Poland. Their journey takes them to Warsaw, Łódź, Krakow and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Ruth wants to discover her own roots and to explore her family’s history. Edek, who back then made the decision to leave Poland forever and be done with the past, accompanies his daughter primarily to keep an eye on her. The charming bon vivant follows his own amusing agenda on the trip, filled with distraction and entertainment. Only when the two visit the family’s former home and meet the Polish family who now live there does Edek’s attitude start to change. For the first time in their lives, father and daughter truly grow closer to each other. This journey of two New Yorkers through post-socialist Poland is a powerful example of how reconnecting with a painful past does not have to be painful in itself.
by Julia von Heinz
with Lena Dunham, Stephen Fry, Zbigniew Zamachowski
Germany / France 2024 English, Polish 112’ Colour World premiere


  • Lena Dunham (Ruth)
  • Stephen Fry (Edek)
  • Zbigniew Zamachowski (Stefan)


Director Julia von Heinz
Screenplay Julia von Heinz, John Quester
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Editing Sandie Bompar
Music Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz, Mary Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Sound Design Pascal Villard
Sound Lars Ginzel, Marc Meusinger
Production Design Katarzyna Sobańska, Marcel Sławinski
Costumes Malgorzata Karpiuk
Make-Up Judith Kröher Falch, Grit Hildenbrand
Casting Magdalena Szwarcbart
Visual Effects Dennis Rettkowski
Producers Fabian Gasmia, Julia von Heinz, Lena Dunham for Good Thing Going
Executive Producers Michael P. Cohen, Philipp Stendebach, Glen Basner, Ben Browning, Laura Davis, Andrew Karpen, Kent Sanderson
Co-Producers John Quester, Thomas Jaeger, Antoine Delahousse, Katja Lebedjewa
Co-Production Kings & Queens Filmproduktion Herrsching am Ammersee
Haïku Films Paris

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Julia von Heinz

The German film director won the 2007 German Film Award for the Best Children’s and Youth Film with her debut Nothing Else Matters, which premiered at the Berlinale. And Tomorrow the Entire World screened in competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the 2021 German Film Awards. Treasure is the third part of her Aftermath trilogy which deals with the repercussions of the Holocaust in Germany and around the world.

Filmography (selection)

2007 Was am Ende zählt (Nothing Else Matters) 2008 Standesgemäß (Noble Commitments) 2013 Hannas Reise (Hanna’s Journey) 2015 Ich bin dann mal weg (I’m Off Then) 2020 Und morgen die ganze Welt (And Tomorrow the Entire World) 2024 Treasure

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024