Non-fiction author Walter falls for the physics student Agnes, who encourages him to pursue his dream of writing fiction. Walter embarks on a book about their love story. When he begins to write about “the future”, however, Agnes becomes his creation and the line between reality and imagination slowly vanishes.

"A fascinating German indie."

"Odine Johne succeeds in giving body and soul to this young woman characterised by great depth and vulnerability."


The non-fiction author Walter falls for the physics student Agnes. He is fascinated by her extreme attitude towards life and her reserved appearance, which is quite the opposite of his quiet and regular life. When Agnes encourages him to follow his passion for writing fiction, he starts to work on a book, a portrait of how he sees her.

The fictional story and their real love story mutually reinforce one another. They experience wonderfully careless days. As Walter starts writing about the future, Agnes becomes his creation. He is irritated, however, because Agnes follows the picture he draws of her in real life. Initially, this game with fire ignites their passion – until he realises that she lives in the fiction and not in reality. Events turn over, and Walter discovers that there can only be one ending to the story – but this ending could cost their relationship and even Agnes’ life.

A film based on the famous book by Swiss writer Peter Stamm, which was translated into more than 20 languages.

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Director: Johannes Schmid
Genre: Drama, Romance, Book Adaptation
Original title: Agnes
English title: Agnes
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2016
Length: 105 min
Color: colour
Screening format: DCP
Original language: German

Subtitles: English
Cast: Odine Johne, Stephan Kampwirth, Sonja Baum, Walter Hess, Berit Karla Menze, Oliver Bürgin
Scriptwriter: Nora Lämmermann & Johannes Schmid
Director of photography: Michael Bertl
Editor: Henk Drees
Sound design: Andreas Wölki
Music: Michael Heilrath & Anna Ternheim
Producers: Philipp Budweg & Thomas Blieninger
Production company: Lieblingsfilm GmbH
Co-production company: WDR

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Festivals / Awards

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016 - World Premiere
Bolzano Film Festival Bozen, Italy
Max Ophüls Preis, Germany - The Best Up-and-coming Actress
Aye Aye FF Nancy, France
Cinematik, Slovakia
Festival Augenblick, Strasbourg, France
Cork Film Festival, Ireland
ZOOM FESTIVAL (TV) Igualada, Spain


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