WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL

WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL

Original Title: Die Frau Hinter der Wand

Synopsis

Martin leaves his protective parents’ home and comes to Berlin as a law student with high hopes. He finds a tiny, run-down flat in a strange, dark apartment block, from which the previous tenant has disappeared without a trace. Having no luck with social contacts at the university, Martin quickly falls for his mysterious landlady Simone, who lives just next door behind a thin wall. Hoping to find trust and intimacy, Martin loses himself in the house’s disturbing world of sex and violence. Deep in the walls, Martin discovers the true horror of his first love.

Technical Information

2013; Germany; Thriller, Psycho; 90 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1.33:1 (4:3); 5.1 mix; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR

Grzegorz Muskala

WRITER

Grzegorz Muskala, Robby Dannenberg

D.O.P.

Phillip Kaminiak

EDITOR

Vincent Assmann

MUSIC

Conrad Oleak

PRODUCTION COMPANY

One Two Films

CO-PRODUCER

dffb Berlin, ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel

PRODUCER

Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske

LINE PRODUCER

David Keitsch

Martin

Vincent Redetzki

Simone

Katharina Heyer

Sebastian

Florian Panzner

Janitor Horn

Ronald Nitschke

Mrs. Schaffrat

Almut Zilcher

Robert

Robert Stadlober

GRZEGORZ MUSKALA

Grzegorz Muskala was born in Poland in 1978. He grew up in Germany. He studied directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz and at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His short films have been shown at over 250 Festivals worldwide and have gained more than 30 awards, amongst them the German Short Film Prize in Gold in 2008. Whispers behind the Wall is his feature graduation film.

Selective Filmography

Short

2011 Long Distance Call

2008 Das Mädchen mit den gelben Strümpfen

2007 Mein Vater schläft

2017

FINÁLE PLZEŇ

Apr 20 – 29 (nominated)

2014

FANTASTIC FEST

Sep 18 – 25 (in competition)

GERMAN FILMS FESTIVAL

Sep 11 – 17

GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL NEW ZEALAND

Sep 04 – 28

PUCHON INT. FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 16 – 26

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 13 – 25

KINO! FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Jun 13 – 19 (in competition)

SHANGHAI INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 13 – 21

FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS BARCELONA

Jun 12 – 14

FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS MADRID

Jun 09 – 13

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM

Jan 22 – 02

2013

 

Lünen –

KINOFEST LÜNEN

Best Original Score

Nov 21

 

Oldenburg –

20. OLDENBURG FILM FESTIVAL

Competition

Sep 11

Picture in Picture: Fantastic Fest 2014

“It may have been made for television but this claustrophobic German import about a virginal law student and his leggy blonde landlord has style to burn. Equal parts Polanski and Lynch, with a hint of Hitch, makes for some creepily erotic thrills.

Whispers in the Wall may have been shot on a shoestring budget, but Muskala and his crew make every dark corner and chip of peeling paint count. Even a fly making its exit from Martin’s flat to the unknown is downright spooky, and that’s no mean feat. Beware of landlady’s bearing gifts of bared breasts, or suffer the consequences.”

2014-09-23

Marc Savlov

TWITCH: Fantastic Fest 2014 Review

“Whispers Behind the Wall is not terribly interested in the inner lives of Martin and Simone. As noted, their true motivations are kept within their own sweaty bodies, allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusion. The main characters are both looking out for themselves, which is probably what keeps them bumping and crashing against each other.

Sure, they’re next door neighbors. Sure, they’re landlady and tenant. Sure, they’re both in good physical shape and hungry for sensual pleasures. More than that, though, they’re both driven by a desire to possess the other. And, without spoiling anything, that’s a large part of why the movie works as well as it does, as a modest, modern, twisting, and churning film noir.”

2014-09-23

Peter Martin

Unseen Films

“Super small scale thriller that has a very high level of tension and lots of intentional and very uncomfortable laughs. It’s a perfect mixture of well-worn elements (naive kid, sexy blond, erotic tension, weird behavior, hints of danger) stirred together and cooked in a claustrophobic location. It’s a damn near perfect film that makes me think that writer/director Grzegorz Muskala studied every similar thriller and took everything that worked and distilled everything that works perfectly.

Why aren’t more people talking about this great little film? Someone has to pick this wicked little film up.”

2014-06-10

Steve Kopian

International Cinephile Society

This should not be seen as a realistic story, more as a frightening fairy tale, and Muskala has full control over the terror he feeds the audience in small but ever-increasing doses. Vincent Redetzki as Martin is a convincing shy nerdy guy who finds his inner Don Juan, but it is Katharina Heyer who shines as his bewitching seductress, putting the aforementioned Stone to shame with glee. The result is a wonderful cat-and-mouse game that thrills from start to bloody finish.

2014-01-27

Marc van de Klashorst