NAHSCHUSS

IN PREPRODUCTION

Crew

Director

  • Franziska Stünkel

Assistant director

  • René Bosmann

Screenplay

  • Franziska Stünkel

Camera

  • Nikolai von Graevenitz

Production company

  • Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Köln)

in co-production with

  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz)

in association with

  • Franks Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin)
  • C-Films GmbH (Hamburg)

Producer (TV)

  • Daniel Blum (ZDF)
  • Olaf Grunert (Arte)

Original distributor

  • Alamode Filmverleih (München)

Funding

  • Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • nordmedia Fonds GmbH Niedersachsen und Bremen (Hannover + Bremen)
  • Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg)
  • Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
  • Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)

Assistant camera

  • Patrick Goetz

Production design

  • Anke Osterloh

Property master

  • Alexis Teller

Stand-by props

  • Matthias Kersten

Unit production manager

  • Tim Körbelin

Costume

  • Ute Pfaffendorf

Make-up artist

  • Dolores Sanchez
  • Nicole Skaletz

Sound

  • Andreas Prescher

Editor

  • Andrea Mertens

Music

  • Sebastian Karim Elias

Movie for theatrical release

Drama / 2020

In PreProduction

Cast

  • Lars Eidinger
    Franz Walter
  • Devid Striesow
    Dirk
  • Luise Heyer
    Corina Walter
  • Florian Anderer
    Schulte
  • Paula Kalenberg
    Klara
  • Peter Benedict
    Schreiber
  • Peter Lohmeyer
    Panther
  • Kai Wiesinger
    Wagner
  • Moritz Jahn
    Renner
  • Andreas Schröders
    Hagedorn
  • Victoria Trauttmansdorff
    Prof. Link
  • Hedi Kriegeskotte
    Franz’ Mutter
  • Christian Redl
    Franz’ Vater
  • Neithardt Riedel
    Corinas Vater
  • Dirk Böhling
    Müller
  • Hendrik Heutmann
    Bernd
  • Inka Löwendorf
    Anja Hartmann
  • Daniel Drewes
    Nolte
  • Hannes Hellmann
    Bergmann
  • Thomas Schendel
    Kühn
  • Ada Philine Stappenbeck
    Luisa Langfeld
  • Leon Hoge
    Horst Langenfeld
  • Inka Löwendorf
    Anja Hartmann
  • Wolf List
    Gefängniswärter
  • Ivonne Schwarz
    Standesbeamtin

Synopsis

The story is set in 1981 and is inspired by a certain period in recent German history – namely, the GDR years. Nahschuss refers to the real-life character of Dr Werner Teske, on whom the story is based. Teske was assassinated in East Germany for political reasons, and  he was killed by a close-range gunshot.

Inspired by his story, the protagonist of the film is engineer Franz Walter, who is recruited by the Stasi, the State Security Service of the GDR, as an undercover informant. He rapidly gets into trouble because of his increasingly critical attitude towards the system and is accused of espionage. Starring as the main character is acclaimed German actor Lars Eidinger, supported by Devid Striesow, who plays one of his colleagues, and Luise Heyer as his wife.

In order to render the historical atmosphere as realistically as possible, the film has been shot in several original locations, such as the former ministry building of the State Security Service in Berlin-Lichtenberg and the prison of Hohenschönhausen, used during the GDR years.