by Sylke Enders

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Johanna‘s soul is raging as she confronts her problematic family at Grandma‘s funeral. She does not give herself time to mourn throwing herself to her work at a newspaper. When she discovers a photo of a female concentration camp guard, she seizes the opportunity to confront to the woman. She experiences an urge that she cannot identify as a sense danger starts to take over.


Mareike Beykirch, Linda Wendel, Lore Stefanek, Margarethe Tiesel

Director Bio

Sylke Enders studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy. Her debut feature film Kroko won the German Film Award and was nominated for the European Film Award. Mich Lieb, Du Bist Dran premiered at Munich IFF. She was one of the 13 directors contributing to the episodic film Germany 09 - 13 Short Films on The State Of The Nation that premiered at Berlinale.

Director Statement

For me SCHLAMASSEL deals with the transmission of unresolved history and family trauma through two families in which the culture of conversation is reduced to the bare minimum. Whether during the Nazi era, during the SED regime, or now in united Germany: the inner narrowness of the world of the parents has often been tragically perpetuated in the family structures.
I am not primarily interested in questions of guilt or responsibility; I want to explore how the denial of a real confrontation with the past prevents a kind of „healing“ and how this affects the next generations. These poisoned, heartless family atmospheres are a source of latent fear and a lack of inner security and make it difficult for the next generation to take responsibility for themselves. By witnessing these mechanisms in the Deckert family, Johanna is able to have an outside view on her own family dynamics. And so hopefully will the viewer.

Cast Bio

Mareike Beykirch studied at the University of Music and Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. She appeared in plays by Falk Richter, Nora Abdel-Maksoud, Schorsch Kamerun. Beykirch was part of the #ActOut initiative in SZ-Magazine. Schlamassel is her latest feature.

Lore Stefanek studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. She was part of the Municipal Theater in Heidelberg , the Braunschweig State Theater, and of the Frankfurt Schauspiel. She stars on the plays The German Lunch Table and The King Dies at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna.

Lina Wendel she studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts. Wendel took part in films such as Großstadtrevier, SOKO Wismar, Der Alte and Tatort. For her portrayal of the title character in the film Silvi, received several awards.


Directed and Written by Sylke Enders
Producers Roman Avianus, Anja Wedell
DoP Jakob Wehrmann
Music Bert Wrede 
Editor Sebastian Lempe
Production Design Michael Schindlmeier
Costume Design  Regina Gyr
Casting Tanja Schuh

Production Companies Joroni Film & CZAR Film

Original Title: Schlamassel | 112’ | Colour | Audio 5.1 | Aspect Ratio 1:2 | German OV | Germany 2023

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