Lost Killers

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Lost Killers
Lost Killers.jpg
Directed by Dito Tsintsadze
Produced by Monika Kintner
Written by Dito Tsintsadze
Starring Lasha Bakradze
Misel Maticevic
Elie James Blezes
Nicole Seelig
Music by Dito Tsintsadze
Adrian Sherwood
Little Axe
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Edited by Stephan Krumbiegel
Home Run Pictures
Rommel Film
Distributed by Budapest Film
Mondo Films
Planet Media Home Entertainment
Release date
  • 26 September 2000 (2000-09-26)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Lost Killers is a 2000 German crime black comedy film directed by Dito Tsintsadze. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[1] At the 10th Cottbus Film Festival the film won the top prize[2] and at the 2000 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Misel Maticevic won the award for Best Actor.[3]


The film is set in a red-light district of Mannheim, Germany and depicts five illegal immigrants on the fringes of society. Georgian Merab (Lasha Bakradze) and Croatian Branko (Misel Maticevic) have trouble finding employment and end up trying to work as paid contract killers. Their first assignment is to kill a Russian businessman (Viktor Benzler) but Merab does not have the stomach for murder. Branko also sells drugs in order to earn a living for himself and his dying mother Dusica (Dito Tsintsadze). Their lives become intertwined with three other outsiders. Carlos, a former martial artist (Elie James Blezes) from Haiti wants to sell one of his kidneys to get enough money to move to Australia. He also earns some money as a street musician. Lan (Nicole Seelig) from Vietnam who works as a cheap prostitute longs for expensive dental work which would fix her bad teeth. Her colleague Maria (Franca Kastein) who was abused as a child dreams of finding her soul-mate.



Review by Lisa Nesselson from Variety: "In "Lost Killers," an informal quintet of lovable losers pursue dubious schemes to improve their lives as illegal immigrants in Mannheim, Germany. Sly, off-kilter humor balances the essential tawdriness of prostitution, drug dealing and contract killing, resulting in a strikingly shot and surprisingly amusing slice of life. Georgian helmer Dito Tsintsadze's modest ode to joy in unlikely places is a nice bet for fests as well as a showcase for its multicultural cast."[4]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Lost Killers". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lost Killers wins main award at Cottbus". Screen Daily. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lost Killers". Cineuropa. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Lisa Nesselson. "Lost Killers". Variety. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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