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A SHORT FILM

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Specifications

Genre Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror
Duration 10 minutes
Language German
Subtitles English
Location Berlin, Potsdam (Germany)
Format 2K / Color (25p in 16:9)

Year 2020


Writer & Director Leander Behal
Producers Nicola Herrmann, Leander Behal

Starring Michaela Behal, Muhammad Al Masri, Lee Reimers

Logline Two plastic surgeons are caught between morality and compulsion after a serial killer requests a face transplant.

Synopsis In a not too distant future, surgeon Martha and her assistant Adil are running an illegal practice. Here, people in need of a change of identity can have their faces radically altered. The two usually deal with petty criminals and tax evaders. But one day a serial killer enters the practice. Now Martha and Adil are facing a dilemma.

Festivals Camgaroo Award 2020 (nominated), Austrian Filmfestival 2021 (Best Thriller), Deutscher Jugendfilmpreis 2021 (nominated), Bundesfestival junger Film 2021 (official selection), Filmfest Bremen 2021 (official selection), IM.Kasten 2022 (official selection) & more.

Stills:

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MURDERFACE ©2020 Leander Behal. Director of Photography: Lucas Heinze

Director's Statement

"Everything may seem black and white at first. Should you help a murderer? Should you empower him to commit further atrocities? Of course not. But not everyone can afford to have morals. And as righteous as our main character (Martha) wants to be, her business leaves no room for scruples. A bitter internal conflict takes place beneath her cold exterior. Martha has a decision to make and is painfully aware of one thing: she only has wrong decisions to choose from."