The Ordinaries

by Sophie Linnenbaum

The Ordinaries


In a repressive three class-society, Paula, a simple Supporting Character, is about to face the most important test of her life: she has to prove she deserves to be a Lead. She is at the top of her class at the Main Character School – but so far has failed in generating great emotional music. In search of a solution, she finds herself in the abyss of the cinematic world, on the fringes of the storyline and lost amongst the Outtakes.


Director and writer Sophie Linnenbaum was born in Nuremberg, Germany. After completing her diploma in psychology and working as a playwright, she studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and is shooting series and documentaries. Her playfully pointed short films have won several awards and screened at numerous national and international festivals, such as the multiple award-winning [OUT OF FRA]ME and the German Short Film awarded PIX. Most recently, she traveled with her documentary STORIES OF DADS which won several awards such as the FFF Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm at DOKFest Munich and is nominated for the German Documentary Award. THE ORDINARIES is her graduation film and first fiction feature.

2022   The Ordinaries
2021   Stories of Dad (Väter Unser)


Fine Sendel
Jule Böwe
Henning Peker
Noah Tinwa
Sira Faal
Denise M’Baye


Writer Sophie Linnenbaum, Michael Fetter Nathansky
Director Sophie Linnenbaum
Producer Laura Klippel, Britta Strampe
Production Design Josefine Lindner, Max-Josef Schönborn
Director of Photography Valentin Selmke
Steadicam Operator Lasse Liebelt
Sound Engineer Alexandra Praet, Leo Aderhold
VFX Supervisor Johannes Blech
Costume Design Sophie Peters
Make-up Artist Elena Ziegler
Casting Director Karl Schirnhofer
Editor Kai Eiermann
Music Composer Fabian Zeidler
Sound Design and Sound Mixing Nicolas Voß
Postproduction Supervisor Arno Scholwin
Colorist Ana Izquierdo
Commissioning Editor ZDF Jörg Schneider
Title Design / Poster Art Work Inês Gomes Ferreira

Technical Data

Original title The Ordinaries
International title The Ordinaries
Duration 120 min
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Format 2K
Sound 5. 1
Year 2022
Original language German
Country of production Germany
Production companies Bandenfilm Laura Klippel & Britta Strampe GbR (please only use: Bandenfilm for publications)
Co-production companies ZDF – Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
With the support of Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen, Bundesbeauftragte für Kultur und Medien, Filmförderungsanstalt

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