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A wolf wanders the woods on the edge of a small village on the German-Polish border. Jakob, a young police officer, is tracking him, but senses something more in the darkness. He comes across a man, or something akin to one, with a wild gaze and a wiry body. He wears a dress and swings a katana, a Japanese sword. When the stranger tries to tempt Jakob into joining his crusading against the village, the latter must give more than his all to prevent the destruction that his enigmatic admirer wreaks first among garden gnomes and guard dogs, then upon the inhabitants of the village.

In the dawn following this tar-black night nothing is as it was. And Jakob has to learn what it means to step out of line.


Till Kleinert was born in 1980 in Berlin. In his youth, he drew comics and made videos and stop-motion films. He studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin from 2004-2014, graduating with DER SAMURAI. His other award-winning films include: DOG FOOD (HUNDEFUTTER, 2007, short), COWBOY (2008, short), COCOON (KOKON, 2009, short), and BOYS VILLAGE (2011, short).
Genre LGBT, Action, Horror, Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Till Kleinert
Screenplay Till Kleinert
Cinematography Martin Hanslmayr
Cast Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Kaja Blachnik
Producers Anna de Paoli, Linus de Paoli
Co-Producers Till Kleinert, Gerhard Hahn
Production Company Schattenkante/Berlin, in co-production with Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 79 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino), CPH PIX 2014, Mauvais Genre 2014, Tribeca 2014, Miami LGBT 2014, Fantaspoa 2014, Slash Film Festival Vienna/Linz 2014, Imagine Amsterdam 2014, TLV Tel Aviv 2014, Neuchatel Int. Fantastic Film Festival 2014, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival 2014, Sitges 2014, Ithaca Int. Fantastic Film Festival 2014, Puchon Fantastic 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2014, Sitges 2014, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal 2014, Les Arcs European Film Festival 2014, Razor Feel Fantastic 2014, FEST Belgrade 2015
Awards Young Blood Award Razor Reel 2014, Best Film "Frontiers" FEST Belgrade 2015
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board

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