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Finsterworld is a 2013 German motion picture drama directed by Frauke Finsterwalder and co-written by Finsterwalder and Christian Kracht, starring Margit Carstensen, Sandra Hüller, Corinna Harfouch, Christoph Bach, Carla Juri and Jakub Gierszał.


Finsterworld is an ensemble piece with twelve main characters[1] who are gradually shown to interconnect with each other. These include a pedicurist, three generations of the Sandberg family, and a documentarist and her policeman boyfriend, who is secretly a furry.

Production and release[edit]

The film was shot in various locations in Bavaria. Its world premiere was at the 2013 Montréal World Film Festival.[2] It opened in German cinemas in October 2013, in Austria in January 2014 and in Swiss cinemas in March 2014[3]


The film features an original score by composer Michaela Melián, singer of the German new wave band FSK, as well as a track by Cat Stevens.

Critical response[edit]

Hollywood Reporter praised its "sophisticated screenplay", "beautiful camerawork" and "very solid line-up of actors".[2] Die Welt called it a "masterpiece",[4] while Letterboxd writes "Somewhere between a sylvan paradise lost and a realpolitik nightmare come true lies Finsterworld's Germany. Its fantastical inhabitants feel so familiar, it's uncanny. They're neighbors, fathers and boys you went to school with. It hits too close to home. Perhaps we should bury that movie deep in the forest where nobody will ever find it. Or perhaps we should allow its haunting veracity to breathe."[5]


It won the Bronze Zenith at the 2013 Montréal World Film Festival, as well as the 2013 TV-Spielfilm-Award at Germany’s Cologne Conference.[6] At the 2013 Zurich Film Festival, it won the Critics' Choice award, and prize for the best German-language feature film. The film was nominated for best fiction debut at Camerimage festival in Poland.[7] It has also garnered nominations for best feature film debut at Munich’s 2013 Filmfest München and three nominations for the 2013 Preis der deutschen Filmkritik, winning best German screenplay,[8] as well as five nominations for the Deutscher Filmpreis, with Sandra Hüller winning best supporting actress.


  1. ^ Schröder, Christian. "Nebel mit Köpfen". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b van Hoeij, Boyd (Aug 31, 2013). "Finsterworld: Montreal Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Christian Kracht wurde in der Schule als "Hydromane" verdächtigt". 13 Oct 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Rosenfelder, Andreas (14 Oct 2013). "Tristesse Royale im Konzentrationslager". Die Welt. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
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  7. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (6 October 2013). "Zurich winners include Golden Cage, Finsterworld". Screen Daily. 
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