Browse Archive

Zodiac Sign (Sternzeichen)

Zodiac Sign
Barnaby Metschurat (photo © ANTAEUS Babelsberg GmbH)

Alexander Becker, caring father of two children, loving husband and ambitious lawyer, is offered the deal of a lifetime. If he wins a high-caliber lawsuit for his firm, he will be on his way to a top career in Canada.

But then, he receives a phone call from the clinic where he put his mentally handicapped brother Fabian after the early death of their mother. Apparently important renovations at the clinic make it necearry to find temporary accomodations for Fabian for four weeks.

Unwillingly, Fabian becomes a catalyst for all the unsettled conflicts in his new environment. With Fabian, the suprressed memories of Alexander's childhood, the reminder of the mutual roots and their painful separation come to fore. Things start to happen very fast, and slowly but surely Alexander begins to understand where he really belongs.


Peter Patzak was born in Vienna in 1945. He studied Psychology and Art History. A painter and conceptual artist, he lived in New York from 1968-1970, where he also worked for a TV station, making numerous 16 mm and video films before returning to Vienna. He is best known as the writer and director of the cult television series Kottan ermittelt (1976-1983). A selection of his other films includes: Kassbach (1978), The Uppercrust (Den Tuechtigen gehoert die Welt, 1981), Wahnfried - Richard und Cosima (1988), Der Joker (1988), Killing Blue - Midnight Cop (1988), Shanghai Hotel (1995), Promised Land (Gelobtes Land, 2000) and Zodiac Sign (Sternzeichen, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Peter Patzak
Screenplay Stefan Kolditz
Cinematography Andreas Koefer
Michou Hutter
Martin Todsharow
Ric Schachtebeck
Cast Barnaby Metschurat, Juergen Hentsch, Vadim Glowna, Heikko Deutschmann, Karin Giegerich
Producer Alexander Gehrke
Production Company ANTAEUS Medienvertrieb/Potsdam, in co-production with Scala-Film, in association with MDR
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Cinequest San José 2003
Awards Emerging Maverick Award 2003 San José
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

World Sales
ANTAEUS Medienvertrieb GmbH
Alexander Gehrke
Steinstrasse 62
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg/Germany
phone +49-3 31-74 00 00 50
fax +49-3 31-74 00 00 53
antaeus-film@t-online.de