Under the Family Tree

Original Title Die Familie
director Constanze Knoche
screenplay Leis Bagdach, Constanze Knoche
production Neufilm, Leis Bagdach
commisioning editor ZDF Lucas Schmidt, Diana Kraus
length 90 minutes

Status: Completed

Habitual truant Isabell, 16, is sent to a self knowledge seminar in the Polish Sudeten Mountains for summer holidays by her desperate single mother. In the midst of untouched nature she encounters a group of psycho-esoterics led by therapist Einar and his wife Julia: both are considered to be luminaries of so called “systemic family constellation”. Though Isabell initially denies to take an active part in the eccentric group meetings, after a while she gets convinced by an arising feeling of togetherness. Above all she is highly attracted by Einar himself – it flatters her being aware that the charismatic man also has cast an eye at her. What seems like an exciting adventure in the beginning shifts as one of the participants – Saskia, a young woman who has lost her own daughter some years ago – loses her mind and disappears without a trace.

A gloomy erotic psychological thriller about the universal trials and tribulations of growing up.


Isabell Stephanie Amarell
Einar Godehard Giese
Jule Karin Hanczewski
Meret Claudia Geisler-Bading
Tereza Emma Drogunova
Inspector Mirosław Baka


dop Andreas Bergmann
film editor Kai Minierski
music & sound design Felix Andriessens

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