Official Teaser Poster
|Directed by||Christian Alvart|
|Produced by||Theo Baltz
|Written by||Christian Alvart|
Wotan Wilke Möhring
|Music by||Michl Britsch|
|Edited by||Philipp Stahl|
|Medienkontor Movie GmbH
Kinowelt Filmroduktion GmbH
|Distributed by||Kinowelt Filmverleih|
|Release date(s)||07 July 2005
19 January 2007 (Canada)
|Running time||127 minutes|
In Berlin, the pederast serial killer Gabriel Engel, who later admitted to brutally killing 13 boys and painted impressive religious works of art with their blood, is accidentally taken during an overnight operation. Commissioner Seiler is charged with the interrogation of the murderer.
In the small village of Herzbach, memories of the unsolved murder of 12-year-old Lucy are still alive and the crime is attributed to Engel. Michael Martens, a police officer from Herzbach, decides to travel to Berlin to talk with Engel. During the case, he neglected his wife and children.
In Berlin, it is assumed that there are parallels between the murders. The Berlin police are no longer able to get information from Engel. Martens tries his luck, and manages to persuade Engel to talk. However, Engel is playing a game with Martens during which reality and fiction blend more and more. Martens is soon convinced that the murderer of the girl is still at large.
Martens, a devout Catholic, slowly begins to explore his dark side and begins a brief affair with a woman from the city.
After Engel has ingested poison which he acquired through bribery, he has 48 hours to live. Finally, Engel tells Martens the story of the murder of Lucy, which he claims to have not committed, but only observed. He tries to throw suspicion on Martens' difficult 13-year-old son.
The desperate Martens then decides to kill his son, but in the meantime, Commissioner Seiler finds out that Engel has committed suicide and that Martens has been tricked by Engel as a means to kill beyond the grave. Luckily, Seiler is able to find Marten before he goes through with it and saves him and his son.
- Norman Reedus as Officer Schmitz
- Christian von Aster as Officer Wagner
- André Hennicke as Gabriel Engel
- Waltraud Witte as Frau Hering
- Konstantin Graudus as Wosniak
- Heinz Hoenig as Seiler
- Wotan Wilke Möhring as Michael Martens
- Ulrike Krumbiegel as Rosa Martens
- Hauke Diekamp as Christan Martens
- Jürgen Schornagel as Sucharzewski
- Gudrun Ritter as Frau Sucharzewski
- Laura Alberta Szalski as Sarah Martens
- Klaus Zmorek as Bosowski
- Domenico D'Ambrosio as Technician
- Holger Franke as Karl Prebisch
- Jockel Tschiersch as Gabhart
- Hans Diehl as Priest
- Bruno Grass as Frank Flieder
- Natascha Paulick as Maria Flieder
- Frank Kusche as Wärter Schmidtzen
- Elisa Schrey as Anna (Crying Girl)
- Edie Samland as Esther Gabhart
- Stefanie Fuchs as Moni
- Isabel Bongard as Lucia Flieder
- Marie Lindner as Tamara Gabhart
- Dietmar Horst Hedram as Junkie
- Laila Mohmand as prostitute
- Martin Umbach as psychiatrist
- Holger Reibiger as Wärter
- Nina Proll as Lucy
- Nadeshda Brennicke as Nighhtclub Singer
- Coco Brown as Michelle
- Lydia Kavungu as Joy
- Rainer Laupichler as Kneiff
- Milton Welsh as Fricke
- Leonardo Nigro as Schnorres
- Maria Schuster as Meiser
- Thomas Klees as Verlagsmanager
The feature film premiered on 7 July 2005.