Nordsee ist Mordsee

Director: Hark Bohm
Country: Germany

1976 | 87 min. | German
FSK 12

Cast_ Uwe Enkelmann, Dschingis Bowakow, Marquard Bohm Screenplay_ Hark Bohm Camera_ Wolfgang Treu Producer_ Hark Bohm Rights_ Kinemathek Hamburg e.V.

"I often dream of stealing a sailboat." The German youth film has lost nothing of its coolness and power! With a cult soundtrack by Udo Lindenberg.

Hamburg, 1970s, Wilhelmsburg district. 14-year-old Uwe is sent by his violent father to "buy cigarettes". He obeys, but out on the street the boy is free. The enmity with Dschingis, another boy his age, is overcome by their common wish to escape. The film begins as a closely observed social portrait, before sailing down the Elbe as a river/road movie. Adventurous yet earnest, it depicts the lives and longings of teenagers who have to fend for themselves. Director and screenwriter Hark Bohm belongs to the most important actors of the New German Cinema. Nordsee ist Mordsee, which screened in 1977 in the first children and youth section at IFFMH, is his magnum opus.


Hark Bohm is the expert in youth films among the directors of the New German Cinema. He has also been successful as an actor and producer, and is also co-founder of the Hamburg Film Festival and the German Film Academy. In 2018, he received the German Film Award for the script of Tschick (together with Fatih Akin) and an honorary Lola for his exceptional services to German cinema.