Documentary DE (2016), 94min

Director: Till Harms
DoP: Börres Weissfenbach, Anne Misselwitz, Istvan Imreh
Editor: Sybille Eckhardt
Music: Eike Gronewoldt
Sound: Henrick Cordes, Antje, Volkmann, Helge Haack, Olaf Krohn
Producer: Martin Heisler
Production: Lichtblick Media GmbH

in Co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Programme Manager: Christian Cloos (ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel)
Funded by nordmedia - Film und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH

WORLD PREMIERE: 66. Berlinale 2016, Perspektive Deutsches Kino

687 applicants, ten places, nine examiners, ten days. Year after year, the entry exam at the state drama school in Hanover poses not only an extraordinary challenge for the applicants but also an endurance test for the teaching staff: the battle by the examiners to secure the greatest talents is as fierce as that of the applicants for one of the scarce places. This film casts an eye on the more rarely seen side of the examining board. We get to know the panel members as human beings who constantly question themselves and their own selection standards and passionately fight for their personal favourites. This allows us, the audience, to empathise with both sides and makes it possible to form our own opinion about the selection and assessment criteria.