After studying politics in Munster, Germany, Thomas Sieben specialized in film and photography at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, USA. He then worked as a producer and editor in Munich. THE DAM was awarded the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Achtung Berlin Film Festival and the U18 Prize for Best Youth Film at the FilmFestival Cottbus . DISTANCE, his first feature film, opened the 2009 Berlinale section “Perspektive deutsches Kino” and was awarded “Best German Independent Film” at the Oldenburg Film Festival.

Foto: © Martin Fengel

Photo: © Martin Fengel

Screenwriter and Producer CHRISTIAN LYRA

After having completed A-Levels and community service in the psychiatric ward, Christian Lyra published various journalistic work for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit and the Südwestrundfunk. Since then Lyra works as a screenwriter. In 2013 he received the Adolf Grimme Award and the Bavarian Television Award for ADD A FRIEND. The 2007 Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director went to IN EVERY SECOND (screenplay by Christian Lyra). Furthermore, Lyra wrote and produced THE DAM (2011) and JASMINE (2009).



Felix Parson studied Journalism at the University of Salzburg, and Film and TV studies at the Bayerische Akademie für Fernsehen in Munich. He worked as a freelance journalist for AZ Munich and other companies from 2005 to 2006. In 2007, he worked as a TV producer for smac media & consulting GmbH, a TV production company in Munich.

Since 2010, he has been a copartner of the company, working as CEO and producer.


88 minutes, Language: Deutsch
Production: milk film (Christian Lyra and Felix Parson) with arte/ZDF/ARRI
Director: Thomas Sieben
Screenplay: Christian Lyra and Thomas Sieben
Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Liv Lisa Fries, Dominic Raacke, Arnd Schimkat, Lucy Wirth
Camera: Jan Vogel, Christian Pfeil
Film Editing: Manuel Reidinger
Set Design: Daniel Volckamer
Sound Mixing: Achim Hofmann
Sound Engineering: Frank Heidbrink
Casting: Franziska Aigner
Medical/Technical Consulting (Screenplay/Directing): Dr. Herbert Pfeiffer, Dr. Christiane Dossow
Producers: Christian Lyra, Felix Parson
Editor: Anne Even
Distributing Company: mixtvision Mediengesellschaft mbH

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