Zum Tod meiner Mutter

Jessica Krummacher

Kerstin doesn’t want to keep going – the terminally ill woman is set on her decision. She wants to put an end to her suffering and as a consequence stops consuming all food and drink. Her daughter Juliane is supporting her in this. Right at the start, the end of The Death of my Mother is determined. Very slowly Juliane says goodbye, sitting in silence at her mother’s bedside. She wants to help but knows that she cannot take the death her mother yearns for from her. Days turn into weeks. Movingly, the both of them become closer, physically and mentally in their yearning for it to end. Told from personal experiences, Jessica Krummacher presents an almost documentary-like film and a plea for the freedom of choice on how to die. She confronts the audience with death, but it’s not the horror of loss that the director focuses on. It is the act of bidding farewell, the love, gestures and words that were unspoken and now openly shown in the face of death.

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Direction Jessica Krummacher
Country Deutschland
Year 2022
Duration 135 min
Language Original language
Production Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm, Walker+Worm Film
Cast Birte Schnöink, Elsie de Brauw, Susanne Bredehöft, Christian Löber, Gina Haller, Johanna Orsini, Hede Beck
Camera Gerald Kerkletz
Script Jessica Krummacher
Editing Anne Fabini
Sound Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Sound Design Matz Müller


World premiere in the Section Encounters – Berlinale 2022

The Death of my Mother celebrated its world premiere in the section Encounters at this years Berlinale. Krummachers debut film Totem, her graduation film at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen München, was premiered the Venice International Film Festival in 2011.

Press Reviews

„The terminal care drama "The Death of my Mother" [sic] is one of the most impressive films of this years Berlinale. [...] The fear of what comes after. The fear of darkness. The yearning for connection that remains after the end of this two-and-a-half hour requiem. This hits especially hard if one has their own experiences with the topic, has seen their father or mother pass, thanks to the intensity and intrepidity with which the actors Birte Schnöink and Elsie de Brauw play Juliane and Kerstin. It’s easy to forget one is watching fiction, not a documentary, and is almost startled at the realization.“ (Elmar Krekeler, welt.de)



Hessian premiere

Future German Cinema