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Die Sieger (Director’s Cut)

The Invincibles (Director’s Cut)

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Karl Simon is the leader of a police SWAT team in Düsseldorf. During a raid on a mafia stronghold, one suspect escapes. But Simon recognises the fleeing man as his former colleague Heinz Schaefer. The latter was said to have committed suicide years earlier after killing his disabled child in an act of desperation. But the search for that “ghost” turns into a dangerous game for Simon and his crew. The people in charge will do whatever it takes to cover up a conspiracy involving politicians and organised crime … This German variation on the Italian Giallo films had its premiere 25 years ago. For this director’s cut, Dominik Graf has added three scenes to his brawny police thriller. The restoration crew at Bavaria Film took the scenes, which had not survived on 35mm, from a videotape of the rough cut, and incorporated them into the original theatrical release version. The challenge was to process the additional scenes to match the high-quality 4K digital material. The audio work required particular attention, since the additional scenes had never been mixed.

Dominik Graf

Germany 1994


146’ · Colour · 4K DCP

World premiere of the digitally restored version in 4K DCP


Herbert Knaup
Katja Flint
Hansa Czypionka
Heinz Hoenig
Heinrich Schafmeister
Michael Breitsprecher
Hannes Jaenicke
Meret Becker
Natalia Wörner


Dominik Graf
Günter Schütter, story by Peter Hollweg, Klaus Maas
Diethard Prengel
Christel Suckow
Loy Wesselburg, Dominik Graf, Helmut Spanner
Rolf W. Hapke
Art Director
Götz Weidner
Barbara Grupp
Günter Rohrbach
Commissioning Editor
Christoph Holch


Dominik Graf

Born in Munich, Germany, in 1952. He studied directing at the city's University of Film and Television. Graf has made more than fifty films for television and cinema. His work frequently screens at the Berlinale.

Filmography (selection)

1979 Der kostbare Gast; 60 min. 1982 Das zweite Gesicht; 101 min., Berlinale Neue Deutsche Filme 1983 1987 Die Katze; 117 min. 1990 Spieler; 111 min 1994 Der Sieger; 134 min. 2001 Der Felsen; 117 min., Berlinale Wettbewerb 2002 2005 Der rote Kakadu; 128 Min., Berlinale Panorama 2006 2010 Im Angesicht des Verbrechens; Berlinale Forum 2010, TV series, 10 episodes, 47 min. each 2011 Dreileben; 89 min., part 2 "Komm mir nicht nach", Berlinale Forum 2011 · Lawinen der Erinnerung; 89 Min., Berlinale Forum 2012 2014 Die geliebten Schwestern; 140 min., Berlinale Wettbewerb 2014 2015 Was heißt hier Ende? Der Filmkritiker Michael Althen; 120 min., Berlinale Forum 2015 2016 Verfluchte Liebe deutscher Film; 90 min., Berlinale Forum 2016 2017 Offene Wunde deutscher Film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

World sales

Bavaria Film GmbH, Geiselgasteig

DCP: Bavaria Film, München