When night falls in rural Germany, old VW-caravans decorated with flashy lights line the country roads which lead through potato fields and dark forests. Inside theses buses prostitutes from Eastern Europe and Africa await their clients who are passing by. The film portraits these women who came from far away in search for money and a better life. Until one day, in the ghostly atmosphere, a murder on one of the prostitutes happens and shakes up the whole scenery causing everybody to take action. A film about a microcosm that describes a society at the hardest end of a globalized capitalism.
2019 awards a.o. Winner Cinematic Vision Award CIFF Best Film of the International Competition KINENOVA FF PEACE FILM AWARD - IFF Osnabrück Best International Documentary - Doc Los Angeles
2019 festivals a.o. DOK.fest Munich world premiere Semaine de la Critique Locarno FF Dokfest Kassel FF Bremen
2020 LOLA@Berlinale — shortlisted for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS [German FilmAward] 26 Slamdance Film Festival CPH:DOX Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis — German Documentary Award
Golden Lynx for Best Documentary Feature — FEST - Festival for New Directors, Portugal Special Jury Prize — Bushwick IFF NYC Best Feature Documentary — Indie Street Days, Jew Jersey
Cast and Crew
Director Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
Producer Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
Director of Photography Christoph Rohrscheidt
Editor Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Sven Kulik
Sound Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Henrik Cordes
Compositing Torben Seemann (Chaussee Soundvision)
Makeup Dascha Dauenhauer
The impulse for the film was a night-drive to my hometown after spending years abroad. Passing the caravans, they jumped at me as a grotesque picture of a microcosmos at the edge of society. So I decided to make a film about it, giving these women a voice. Throughout the course of three years, we tried to capture in atmospheric images and scenes what lies hidden in the dark abyss of these roads, aiming to convey the feeling what its like to live/work/dream/getting abused in this loneliness, depicted from the angle of our brave and captivating protagonists.