Yella has decided to leave her small town in eastern Germany for a promising job and a new life on the other side of the Elbe, leaving behind a failed marriage and broken dreams. In Hanover, Yella meets Philipp, a young executive at an equity firm, who gives her a job as his assistant.
Although she has no knowledge of the world of venture capital, steel-andglass offices and discretely-lit hotel lobbies, Yella soon discovers she has a knack with ruthless businessmen. Negotiations become a thrilling game of quick wits in which Yella's looks and icy demeanour are major assets. Yella sees a potential future with Philipp. He is serious, determined, and his goals could become shared projects. It seems ambitious Yella could finally get everything she has ever wanted.
But strange voices and sounds are plaguing Yella - truths from her past coming back to haunt her. She begins to worry that her new life could be too good to be true. She's determined to keep her eyes open - because those who sleep could well experience a rude awakening.
IFF Berlin 2008
Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960, he moved to Berlin in 1981. He studied German language and literature. From 1988-94 he studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb), during which time he also worked as an assistant director for Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. In 1995 he directed his first feature film. He received the German Film Award in Gold for Die Innere Sicherheit (2000).
1995 Pilotinnen (TV)
1996 Cuba Libre (TV)
1998 Die Beischlafdiebin (TV)
2000 Die Innere Sicherheit
2002 Toter Mann (TV)