A film by Lisa Bierwirth. "Le Prince"celebrated its world premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival 2021

Year  2021

Length: 125 min

Format:   1:1,85

Country of production  GER

Intro | Synopsis

In the midst of the notorious Frankfurter Bahnhofsviertel, two people encounter who could not be more different: Monika, mid-40s, works as a curator and is therefore part of the city’s art- and culture scene. As she unexpectedly gets into a police raid, she encounters Joseph, a Congolese businessman looking for investors for a diamond mine in Congo and who keeps afloat by doing some Import/Export-deals every now and then. Eventually, their brief encounter results in an intense love story. But while both of them believe their relationship to be strong enough to stand against the influence of prejudices, mistrust slowly arises between the two of them, until their relationship becomes a battleground of postcolonial conflicts. Eventually, they will have to ask themselves if it’s actually possible, to love at eye level?


A Komplizen Film production (Germany) in co-production with ZDF – Das Kleine Fernsehspiel. Funded by die Bauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Hessen Film und Medien, Deutsche Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Script Development Funded by BKM.



Ursula Strauss


Passi Balende


Nsumbo Tango Samuel


Victoria Trauttmansdorff


Alex Brendemühl

Michael Schmidt-Fournier

Hanns Zischler


Douglas Gordon


Directed by

Lisa Bierwirth


Hannes Held

Lisa Bierwirth

Director of Photography

Jenny Lou Ziegel


Bettina Böhler

Production Design

Marie-Luise Balze

Costume Design

Sandra Ernst

Make Up

Dörte Dobkowitz


Ulrike Müller

Katrin Vorderwülbecke

Sound Recordist

Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer

Sound Design

Kai Tebbel

Commissioning Editor

Claudia Tronnier (ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel)


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


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Crystal Globe Competition 2021

German Screenplay Award

Nominated for Best Unfilmed Screenplay 2019

Deutscher Filmpreis

Nominated for Best Actress: Ursula Strauss 2022

Hessischer Filmpreis

Best Feature 2021

Buenos Aires International Film Festival

Independent Film - SIGNIS Award 2022

Ecrans Noirs Film Festival

Ecrans du film étranger 2022


Festival of German Films Paris 2021

Opening Film

Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2021

Open Horizons

Cairo International Film Festival 2021

World Cinema

Dublin International Film Festival 2021

World Cinema

Buenos Aires Int. Film Festival of Independent Film 2022

International Competition

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival 2021

Moscow German Film Festival

Santiago International Film Festival Chile 2022

International Competition

Filmfest Prag 2022


Filmkunstfest Schwerin 2021


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