Antibodies (film)

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Antibodies (film) POSTER.jpg
Directed by Christian Alvart
Produced by Theo Baltz
Boris Schönfelder
Written by Christian Alvart
Starring Norman Reedus
Wotan Wilke Möhring
André Hennicke
Music by Michl Britsch
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Edited by Philipp Stahl
Medienkontor Movie GmbH
Kinowelt Filmroduktion GmbH
Distributed by Kinowelt Filmverleih
Release date
07 July 2005
19 January 2007 (Canada)
Running time
127 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Antibodies (German: Antikörper) is a German crime-drama-thriller directed by Christian Alvart and stars Norman Reedus, Wotan Wilke Möhring and André Hennicke.


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.



The feature film premiered on 7 July 2005.

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