Germany 2008, Feature film, 92' | Director Connie Walther | Screenplay Uli Hermann, Connie Walther | DoP Birgit Gudjonsdottir | Editor Karen Lönnecker | Sound Bernhard Joest-Däberitz | Cast Franziska Petri, Ulrich Uwe Kockisch, Tatja Seibt, Eva Mattes, Christoph Bach, Mehdi Nebbou, Mehdi Nebbou, Gottfried Breitfuß, Rino Zepf | Distribution Salzgeber

Widmer (Ulrich Noethen) is released after more than 20 years in prison. He was a leading member of the Red Army Fraction (RAF). Proof of his involvement in the murder of a bank president and his gardener, who was on the scene by chance, was established by the testimony of a crown witness – his partner at the time and the mother of his now grown up son. But doubts about this still exist today. Now Widmer is trying to come to terms with life on the outside. Valerie (Franziska Petri) is his neighbour in an unassuming Freiburg housing estate. She has gone through hard times. Custody for her son has been taken from her, and she has casual work in a “Russian market”.. Widmer feels attracted to the young woman. She becomes a kind of confidante for him. But she hides a secret.

The idea for Schattenwelt comes from Uli Herrmann, chief editor of the Tatort [Crime Scene] series from the SWR, who also wrote the screenplay. Although the plot is fictitious, it is based on real events and on the failed kidnap attempt on Jürgen Ponto, the then chairman of Dresdner Bank. Former RAF terrorist Peter-Jürgen Boock helped in making the film. Schattenwelt does not simply reproduce the past, but asks explicit questions about the consequences of terrorist acts of violence, the only difference between this film and Baader-Meinhof-Komplex by Uli Edel, which was made at about the same time.


CONNIE WALTHER was born in 1962. After a levels, she studied Sociology and Spanish, before changing to photography and training as a commercial photographer. Afterwards she gained practical experience as a lighting technician and as assistant producer and assistant director to Wolfgang Becker, Dominik Graf and others. She then studied directing at the dffb Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, where in 1996 she made her graduation film Das erste Mal, winning the Deutschen Filmakademie award for the best exam film. In 2001, Walther enjoyed national and international success with the cinema debut film Wie Feuer und Flamme.

Connie Walther
Feature Film