Film Info: Nacht vor Augen

A Hero's Welcome (Nacht vor Augen)

A Hero's Welcome
Scene from "A Hero's Welcome" (photo © Noirfilm/Patrick Tauss)

David, a young German soldier, returns home to the Black Forest after a mission in Afghanistan. Welcomed home by his girlfriend Kirsten, his friends and family, David, like the rest of his surroundings, doesn't really want to think about whether or not the mission was nothing more than a successfully completed adventure. But the things he experienced and his own brutal actions have changed David. The distraction that he is trying to suppress turns his relationship to his younger brother Benni into one oscillating between a mere game and violence. David spends a lot of time with Benni and teaches him to deal with his fears using methods he learned during his mission. As David becomes less and less capable of dealing with his own traumatic experiences, his relationship to Benni escalates.


Brigitte Maria Bertele studied Acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Ulm, followed by Master Classes in New York, Moscow and Berlin. After engagements at theaters across Germany, she studied Directing at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, during which time she participated in exchange programs in Albania and Argentina. Her films include: Horizon Zone (documentary, 2004), A Glimpse Sqiptare (short, 2005), Roaming Around (documentary, 2007), A Hero\'s Welcome (2008), and 24 h Berlin - A Day in the Life (documentary, 2009). She is currently working on her next projects, Der Brand and Resurfaced, which was chosen to participate in the New Cinema Network at the Rome International Film Festival.
Genre Drama

Year of Production 2008
Director Brigitte Maria Bertele
Screenplay Johanna Stuttmann
Cinematography Mathias Prause
Stephan Krumbiegel
Christian Biegai
Stephanie Brenner
Cast Hanno Koffler, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Jona Ruggaber
Producers Didi Danquart, Boris Michalski
Production Company Noirfilm/Karlsruhe, in co-production with SWR
Length 90 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2008 (Forum), Viareggio 2008, Ghent 2008, Molodist Kiev 2008, Rome 2009, Kolkata 2009
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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