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Valeska Grisebach
Germany 2006 / 88’

In his professional life, Andreas is a locksmith who opens doors, but in his private life he is closing them more and more. It all starts when he goes away with the other volunteer firefighters for a weekend. He leaves his loving wife and child at their country house near Berlin. Strongly convinced that he needs freedom, he hits the dance floor, which makes his head spin. In the morning, he wakes up next to a strange woman. Then he starts drifting back and forth between his two passions. Longing is a modern Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet in a rural setting. The director uses amateur actors to portray the provinces in a masterful way. With a feeling for rhythm, she can stir up a hornet's nest like few others, causing strong reactions in the characters themselves. Far from describing the social dilemmas of the upper class, she sticks to the values of ordinary workers. 

Marcin Radomski


WFF - Special Jury Award; Buenos Aires IFIC 2006 - Special Jury Prize; Gijón IFF 2006 - Grand Prix

Valeska Grisebach

Born in 1968, Valeska Grisebach is a German director and screenwriter. She studied Philosophy before moving on to Direction at the Vienna Film Academy under the tutelage of Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl. That is also where she met Barbara Albert and Jessica Hausner, with whom she shares a talent for documentary observation and sensitivity to social issues, captured in their most intimate displays. Her debut, Mein Stern, won a FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto Festival, while Longing took home prizes in Buenos Aires, Gijón, and Warsaw.


2001 Mein Stern / Be my Star

2006 Tęsknota / Sehnsucht / Longing 

2007 Narben (doc.) 

2017 Western 

Cast & Crew

director Valeska Grisebach
screenplay Valeska Grisebach
cinematography Bernhard Keller
editing Bettina Böhler, Valeska Grisebach, Natalie Barrey
music Martin Hossbach
cast Andreas Müller, Ilka Welz, Anett Dornbusch, Erika Lemke, Markus Werner, Doritha Richter, Detlef Baumanngi
producer Peter Rommel, David Groenewold
production Rommel Film, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ZDF/3sat, GFP
language German
colouration colour