22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025


Frauke Lodders

In Hannah’s life, the rules of everyday life and growing up are dictated by the evangelical community to which the family belongs. Her supposedly perfect world begins to crack when Max moves into the neighbourhood, to whom she feels drawn to and who makes her question her faith. After Hannah’s brother Timo also has conflicts of his conscience with the evangelical community’s views, the situation escalates.

In Gotteskinder, director Frauke Lodders movingly tells the story of young people who are torn between the expectations of their religious community and the desire to discover their own path.

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Direction Frauke Lodders
Country Germany
Year 2024
Duration 120 min
Language German with English subtitles
Production Matthias Greving, Kirsten Lukaczik
Cast Flora Li Thiemann, Serafin Mishiev, Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Mark Waschke, Bettina Zimmermann
Camera Johannes Louis
Script Frauke Lodders
Editing Elias Ben Engelhardt
Sound Jan Geiling
Music André Feldhaus

Hessischer Filmpreis 2019: Bestes Drehbuch, Filmfestival Max Ophüls 2024: Preis der Jugenjury

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About the Director

Director Frauke Lodders was born in Kassel and has been working as a freelance director and screenwriter since graduating from the Kunsthochschule Kassel. For Gotteskinder she received funding from HessenFilm und Medien. The screenplay for the film was awarded the Hessischen Filmpreis in 2019. The film celebrated its world premiere at the Max Ophüls Film Festival 2024 and was awarded the Youth Jury Prize.

Press Reviews

“An outstanding acting performance, impressive colours and an emotional roller coaster ride captivated the sold out cinema throughout the entire duration of the film. The topic of the film in question is not only important, but also sensitive to the same extent.” (Jury statement of the Max Ophüls Film Festival 2024)

The Director About the Film

“It was important to me to make a film that tells the story from the perspective of people who live in an evangelical community and stand behind their faith. So it's not a view from the outside of a parallel world, but an inside view. I wanted people to understand what people find attractive about these communities, because only if we can understand what keeps people in these communities, can we help them if they are looking for a way out.” (Frauke Lodders on queer.de)



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