A film by Sonja Heiss. "Hedi Schneider is Stuck" celebrated its premiere at the 65th International Film Festival Berlin 2015 - Forum

Year  2015

Length: 92 min

Format:   1:2.35

Country of production  GER, NOR

Intro | Synopsis

Hedi, Uli and their son, Finn, have life sorted out. They take each day as it comes, all the while dreaming of the future. Then, suddenly: Hedi gets stuck. The lift she’s travelling in breaks down – and then her head does, too. All of a sudden, nothing is the same. Hedi and Uli try to hold onto each other, but their world spins out of control. In a last-ditch attempt to rescue their love, they take a trip to Norway. The aim: to be happy again – for 24 hours, at least. With a light touch and tender humor.
HEDI SCHNEIDER IS STUCK shows that, for the 30-something generation, love is what it has always been: a very fragile thing. After HOTEL VERY WELCOME, director Sonja Heiss once again demonstrates her exceptional skill in treading the thin line between tragedy and comedy. With great affection for her characters, she explores what happens when "normal life" suddenly comes to an end.


Komplizen Film (Germany) in co-production with Mer Film and Filmcamp (Norway) and ZDF-Das Kleine Fernsehspiel in collaboration with Arte; Funded by Hesseninvestfilm, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Minister of State for Culture and Media, Filmcamp, Hessen Film Fund HR, German Federal Film Board and Media.


Hedi Schneider

Laura Tonke


Hans Löw


Leander Nitsche


Written and directed by

Sonja Heiss

Director of Photography

Nikolai von Graevenitz


Andreas Wodraschke

Production Design

Tim Pannen

Costume Design

Nicole von Graevenitz

Make Up

Monika Münnich


Ulrike Müller

Original Sound

Andreas Prescher

Original Music


Commissioning Editors   

Christian Cloos (ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel)

Doris Hepp (ZDF/Arte)

Georg Steinert (Arte)

Production Manager

Heino Herrenbrück


Maria Ekerhovd (Mer Film)

Kjetil Jensberg

Svein Andersen (FilmCamp)


Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)


Deutscher Filmpreis 2016

Best actress - Laura Tonke
Best screenplay nomination - Sonja Heiss

Hessischer Film- und Kinopreis 2014

Bester Spielfilm

Bozner Filmtage

Lobende Erwähnung

Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik 2015

Beste Darstellerin - Laura Tonke


Berlinale 2015


Seattle International Film Festival

Lichter Filmfest

Bozner Filmtage

Valletta Film Festival

Cambridge International Film Festival

Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo

German Film Week Mexico

Philadelphia Film Festival

Cork Film Festival

Tromso International Film Festival

Film Week New York

Beijing International Film Festival

Pacific Cinematheque

Nara International Film Festival

Haifa International Film Festival


Philadelphia Film Festival

Black Nights Film Festival


World Distribution