Zeit Verbrechen: Der Panther

Johnny calls himself “the panther”. He is a trickster and a fraudster, a totally nice guy and a ruthless criminal, a human catastrophe and a loving father; but above all, he is a gambler. As a confidential informant, he provides the police with tip-offs about criminal gangs and makes big money by playing both sides – because he wants to get out of debt, because he promised his drug-addicted daughter a new life, because he keeps saying that he will soon be running away to Vietnam. No matter what the story is, Johnny needs cash. In order to rise up through the ranks, he carries out brutal acts of violence sanctioned by the police. When Johnny meets the gang leader Porno, he sees his chance to hit the jackpot: he will outsmart them all, cops and gangsters, and then finally go on the run, taking nothing and no one with him except the thousands in his pocket. Because a panther thinks only about itself; it has to be free and has to go it alone, right Johnny? Alone until death.
by Jan Bonny
with Lars Eidinger, Anna Bederke, Marc Poersken, Sahin Eryilmaz, Magdalena Laubisch, Aissa El Mkllaki, Youness Aabbaz, Benjamin Höppner, Philippine Pachl, Karim Aouana, Joachim Król
Germany 2024 German 76’ Colour World premiere | Series


  • Lars Eidinger (Johnny)
  • Anna Bederke (Nele)
  • Marc Poersken (Marek)
  • Sahin Eryilmaz (Dave)
  • Magdalena Laubisch (Stella)
  • Aissa El Mkllaki (Porno)
  • Youness Aabbaz (Bektas)
  • Benjamin Höppner (China)
  • Philippine Pachl (Malwina)
  • Karim Aouana (Issa)
  • Joachim Król (Miehe)


Director Jan Bonny
Screenplay Jan Bonny, Jan Eichberg
Cinematography Jakob Berger
Editing Christoph Otto
Music Lucas Croon
Sound Design Josef Steinbüchel
Sound Mixing Falk Möller
Sound Christoph Schilling
Production Design Julia Maria Baumann
Costumes Ulrike Scharfschwerdt
Make-Up Gülcan Arslan
Casting Susanne Ritter, Kais Setti
Assistant Director Victoria Herzog
Production Manager Aylin Teichmann
Producer Jorgo Narjes
Executive Producers Jorgo Narjes, Uwe Schott

Produced by

Jan Bonny

The director and writer studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. His films have screened in Cannes, Locarno, Berlin and Oberhausen and have won numerous prizes, including the 2020 German Film Critics Association Award and the Grimme Award. He received the German Television Award in 2023 for the series King of Stonks. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions including in mumok in Vienna, Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Julia Stoschek Collection. In 2018 and 2021, he directed at the Volksbühne Berlin and Theater Basel. He is a member of the European Film Academy.

Filmography (selection)

2004 2nd and A; short film 2007 Gegenüber Cinema (Counterparts) 2012 Single 2018 Wintermärchen Cinema (Germany, a Winter’s Tale) · Jupp, watt hamwer jemaht? (Joseph, what have we done) 2023 The Dee Movie; short film, co-director: Jens Schillmöller 2024 Zeit Verbrechen; series, episode “Der Panther”

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024