Stille - der Film


a film by erik borner

Every second of life passes to fast.
So when is the right time to live the moment?
Is the answer to be found in silence?

The particular slowness of this film is captivating
and allows the moviegoer an emotional glimpse of their own life


Inspired by a few youngsters in a coffee bar talking about aging, a middle aged man sinks into the idyllic surrounding of a lake. The lake is shown in the most beautiful colors of autumn.

At this place the man seems to have turned into an old man who lingers and enjoys life at that unique spot. His thoughts and encounters at the lake seem to be inseparably linked with the man in the coffee bar and its visitors...

Is it the yearning for silence and slowing down which keep directing the man ́s thoughts in the coffee bar to this very special place at the lake while running the rat race of daily life?

“Silence” is an homage to life which seems to pass by all too soon. A plea to live for the moment and to pause in order to perceive the seemingly little everyday occurrences.

For beyond stress and hectic activity there exists perhaps this very special place which is once in a while worth being visited to be able to experience the sweet here and now with gratitude.


Michael Mendl

Michael Mendl
man at the lake

Marianne Sägebrecht

Marianne Sägebrecht
lady at the lake

Erik Borner

Sandra Fleckenstein
service at the café

Erik Borner

Erik Borner
man at the café

director´s vision

For many years I have been observing the growing discontent and minor and major conflicts of people from all walks of life. It seems that people have forgotten what it means to be human, in our increasingly hectic, remote-controlled world.

My film is meant to invite people to rediscover the magic of the moment, because there is so much life in every single one, which most of our society seems to pass by and long for at the same time:

A moment of peace, a good conversation over a coffee, the smile of a child - including the one inside ourselves - a walk through nature or a touching movie that makes you think.

The sometimes almost meditative mood of the autumn pictures at the lake, the graceful music, the playing of the great Michael Mendl and last but not least the incomparable Marianne Sägebrecht, who embraces our film with her whole soul, tell us about these small moments of life, which are all too often no longer perceived in today's everyday life.

The rediscovery of these seemingly insignificant occurrences reveals their great potential to draw the greatest strength precisely from these small things.



supporting roles

Carolin Freund in der Rolle als junge Frau am See

Carolin Freund
young woman at the lake

Thomas Jansen in der Rolle als Jogger

Thomas Jansen

Alexander in der Rolle als Junge am See

Alexander Lill
boy at the lake

Luca Simon Kron in der Rolle als Cafébesucher

Luca Simon Kron
Café visitor

Sonja Leibrandt in der Rolle als Cafébesucher

Sonja Leibrandt
Café visitor

Volker Mussauer in der Rolle als Cafébesucher

Volker Mussauer
Café visitor

Kris Bruno in der Rolle als Bahngast

Kris Bruno

Patrick Voelkel in der Rolle als Bahngast

Patrick Voelkel


script / director Erik Borner
producer Stefan Friedrich
production manager Ahmet Servet Golbol
director of photography
Christof Wahl
Jean-Marc Junge
Patrick Voelkel
1. assistent camera
Paul Becht
Nic Smith
gaffer Hardy Böhme
key grip
Stefan Fischer
Guido Theis
Jochen Kral
sound mixer Antoine Schweitzer
make-up artist
Kris Bruno
Irene Zajac
content advice Bernhard Rachul
drone camera Profilmacher, Frankfurt
still photographer Jürgen Scholz
production assistant Gesine Friedmann
composer original music Peter Ries
sound design Klangbezirk, Wiesbaden
postproduction Media Atelier Mainz
film editor
Susanna Tomas
Armin Riegel
Lodur Tettenborn
consultant Wolfgang Braun
world sales Atlas International Film
poster design
Markus Weber
Guter Punkt München

set impressions