Direction: Christian Schwochow


Germany, 2013
102 Min.

Time of Heroes Balkan Melody

zero one film in Coproduction with T&C Film (CHE),Terz Film (DE), Helge Sasse, Senator Film Produktion,WDR (Barbara Buhl), SWR (Stefanie Groß, rbb (Cooky Ziesche), ARTE (Georg Steinert).
Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, DFFF Media.

Rental: Senator Film Verleih

World Premiere: Oct 25, 2013, World Film Festival in Montreal
Cinema premiere: Mar 27, 2014
TV premiere: Oct 2, 2016, 10/2/2016



Berlin, 1978. Nelly Senff and her son Aleksej leave
East Germany for West Berlin. But instead of the
freedom they had wished for, they find themselves
in a small, fenced in world: the emergency reception
centre Berlin Marienfelde, hotspot between the two
opposing systems. Here, Nelly fights for her dignity
as she is yet again scrutinised by the authorities,
this time by the Western secret service that is particularly
interested in the misterious death of her
husband in the USSR.


Berlin&Beyond FF, San Francisco(USA), 2014

Audience Award: Best Dramatic Feature

German Film Award, 2014

Best Actress: Jördis Triebel

Montreal World FF (Canada), 2014

FIPRESCI PRIZE (Word Competition)

Dea Film Fest (Albania), 2014

Best Film

Montreal World FF (Canada), 2014

Best Actress Jördis Triebel