The State I am in

by Christian Petzold

The State I am in


For 15 years now the parents have been leading an underground existence. Hiding among the anonymous tourists on the beaches of Portugal. They had broken a taboo: They had conceived a daughter. A girl who has never swapped clothes with her friends, never skipped classes in school, camped out at lakes, got drunk and broke off with her boyfriend in ice-cream parlours. A girl who is alone. The parents are just about to establish some sort of legal identity for themselves in Brazil, when a slight negli­gence causes everything to fall apart around them. And again they are on the run, which brings them back to Germany.


Christian Petzold is one of the leading directors of New German cinema. The German Film Critics Association has three times awarded him Best Film awards, for »Yella«, »Ghosts« and »The State I am in«. He was twice named Best Director at the German Film Awards, for psychological drama »Wolfsburg« and »The State I am in«. His first fiction feature, 2000's political drama »The State I am in«, also won Best Screenplay at Thessaloniki (Greece) and the Grand Prize at Valenciennes (France). Actrice Nina Hoss won the Silver Bear/Best Actrice at the Berlin Film Festival 2007 for her role in »Yella«.

Petzold has also received much acclaim for the made-for-TV features »Something to remind me« (Toter Mann, 2002), »Die Beischlafdiebin« (1998) and »Cuba Libre« (1995).

Born in 1960, Petzold studied German and Theater Studies at the Free University in Berlin, then graduated from the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in 1994.






Jeanne - Julia Hummer
Clara - Barbara Auer
Hans - Richy Müller
Heinrich - Bilge Bingül
man at the beach-bar - Rogério Jaques
Concierge - Maria João
Polizist/policeman - Vasco Machado
man at station - Noberto Paula
Achim - Bernd Tauber
Paulina - Katharina Schüttler
Klaus - Günther Maria Halmer
girl in the school - lnka Löwendorf


script - Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki
photography - Hans Fromm
editor - Bettina Böhler
casting - Simone Bär
production designer - Kade Gruber
costume design - Anette Guther
make-up - Monika Münnich, Kerstin Gaecklein
sound - Heino Herrenbrück
sound mixer - Martin Schalow
music - Stefan Will
comissioning editor hr - Liane Jessen
comissioning editor arte - Andreas Schreitmüller
executive producer Portugal - José Borges, Algarve Filmes
producers - Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Webe


Technical Data

Format: / 35 mm / 1:1,66 / Colour / Dolby SR
Length: 107 Min.
Original Language: German

Original title: Die innere Sicherheit

The State I am in
The State I am in

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