Director: Jan Bonny
Country: Germany

2022 | 68 min. | German

Cast_ Bibiana Beglau, Aenne Schwarz, Rosa Lembeck, Elmira Bahrami

Odysseus must recruit Philoctet, the disgraced war hero, to fight in the battle for Troy. Only with him is victory possible. But Philoctet lives in pain and agony due to an old lingering injury; nevertheless, he is perfectly prepared for the re-encounter with his nemesis Odysseus. The latter suspects this and sends Achilles’ son Neoptolemus ahead with a lie and a ruse. The three soldiers are forced to negotiate their hopeless entanglement through the logic of violence.

Following his stage work at the Schauspielhaus Basel, director Jan Bonny transferred the play to cinematic space and filmed a continuation with actresses Bibiana Beglau (as the narrator), Aenne Schwarz, Rosa Lembeck, and Elmira Bahrami, exploring a very different kind of physicality and timelessness.


Jan Bonny studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. His graduation film ›Gegenüber‹ (2007) earned an honourable mention in Cannes and was nominated for the European Film Award. ›Wintermärchen‹ (2018) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and subsequently won several German Film Critics’ Awards. ›We Would Be Other People‹ received four Grimme Awards. At this year’s Munich Film Festival, he was honoured with the Bernd Burgemeister Television Award for his series ›King of Stonks‹. In 2020, Bonny produced a teaser for the IFFMH that was shot in Mannheim, and served in that year’s festival jury.


  • Tuesday 22.11.202220:00with GuestsMannheimMANationaltheater Studio Werkhaus