German Currents

SLEEP + Q&A with Director & Star

Expired November 16, 2020 5:00 PM
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Stay tuned after the film finishes for an exclusive interview with SLEEP director Michael Venus and star Gro Swantje Kohlhof!


Sandra Hüller (TONI ERDMANN) stars in this tense psychological thriller by director Michael Venus set in the idyllic (and possibly haunted) village of Stainbach. Marlene (Hüller) is plagued by horrific dreams, which seem to have a strange connection to the nightmarish events happening in town. After the stress of Marlene's revelations lead to her nervous breakdown and a comatose sleep, her 19-year-old daughter Mona (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) sets out to uncover the dark mysteries surrounding the town’s past that threaten her mother, herself and everyone around her. Making his directorial debut with this artful horror-thriller, Venus received a nomination for Best First Feature at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. Discussion following with director Michael Venus and actress Gro Swantje Kohlhof.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Michael Venus
  • Screenwriter
    Thomas Friedrich, Michael Venus
  • Producer
    Verena Gräfe-Höft
  • Cast
    Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer
  • Cinematographer
    Marius von Felbert