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Scene from BASTARD (photo © Maranto Films/Kerstin Stelter)

On the surface, BASTARD is a psychological thriller about the fate of a missing child. Underneath lies a touching drama of children determined for revenge.

The nine-year-old Nikolas has been missing for days. The criminal psychologist Claudia Meinert notices contradictions in her conversation with the parents of the missing child. In particular Nikolas' mother appears to be hiding something. When a video of the missing Nikolas surfaces, showing him tied up in a cellar, the trail leads to his school. The 13-year-old Leon and Mathilda strike the psychologist as conspicuous and provocative. Shortly afterwards, Meinert encounters the children with Nikolas' parents at the local swimming pool and her suspicions are confirmed: the parents are entangled in an insidious father-mother-child game with the possible suspects Leon and Mathilda. Now it is up to the psychologist to resolve the dark mystery of Nikolas' disappearance and save the child.

Carsten Unger was born in 1977 in Gütersloh. After working as a trainee for Vogelsänger Studios, he continued as a freelancer for numerous feature and documentary films. He studied at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy from 2001-2007, graduating with the film THE BLUE MONKEY (DER BLAUE AFFE). During his studies, he also attended the masterclass The Hollywood Perspective at UCLA. Since 2007, he has been working as a freelance writer and director for film and television. His other films include: SKIN (HAUT, 2004), TAME BIRDS (ZAHME VÖGEL, 2005) and his feature debut BASTARD (2011).
Genre Drama, Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Carsten Unger
Screenplay Carsten Unger
Cinematography Lars Petersen
Cast Martina Gedeck, Markus Krojer, Antonia Lingemann, Thomas Thieme, Hanns Zischler
Producers Reza Bahar, Nicole Ringhut, Maranto Films/Cologne
Production Company Gifted Films/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with SWR, in cooperation with Cinepostproduktion/Cologne-Ludwigsburg, BASISberlin Postproduktion/Berlin
Length 126 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2011, Shanghai 2012
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM

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