Archive of films Identity Kills / Identity Kills

2003, 81 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2003

After returning from a psychiatric clinic, 24-year-old Karen has to face the hardship of real life. Her coarse and unfeeling partner Ben is insensitive to her needs and the humiliated woman finally decides to become someone else. She assumes the identity of a girl she happens to meet one day, who has no idea of her plans…


24-year-old Karen returns home after a period spent in a psychiatric clinic and tries to live a normal life. Her partner Ben, who isn´t the least interested in Karen´s problems, has in the meantime brought home his former girlfriend. Disgusted and humiliated, Karen decides to take her life into her own hands. She tries to get work in a small factory producing cutlery and kitchenware. To her surprise, Ben starts taking an interest in her again and they even get married. Karen´s new-found happiness, however, does not last long, since Ben is soon his coarse and egotistical self once again. After a chance meeting, Karen decides to do something reckless: to become an entirely different person. In order to attain her goal, she assumes the identity of an ambitious young girl named Fanny who finds a job in a Caribbean hotel advertised in the small ads. The real Fanny has no idea what is going on… The film was made without a screenplay and adopts documentary film approaches; the actors aren´t just performing before the camera but are co-authors of the story and were not given the opportunity to try out the scenes beforehand. The filming method employed precluded the chance of funding from film or television companies. 

About the director

Sören Voigt (b. 1968, Pinneberg, Germany). He studied screenwriting and directing at PWSFTViT in Lodz, Poland (1991-1993) and at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin (1993-1999). Here he graduated with the feature-length comedy set in a campsite in former East Germany Perfect Sight (Tolle Lage, 2000), for which he won a number of awards. He founded the production company Living Films OHG with Gergana Voigt in 2001. Filmography: shorts Southern Star (Südstern, 1995), The Supper / Sometimes I Wish (Abendbrot, 1996), the documentary Bread´n´Butter (1997), Calls (2002). The drama Identity Kills (2003) is his second feature film.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Sören Voigt
Screenplay: Sören Voigt
Dir. of Photography: Markus Stein
Music: Jonny Blender, Hannes Bieger, Markus Trockel
Editor: Gergana Voigt
Producer: Gergana Voigt, Sören Voigt
Production: Living Films OHG
Cast: Brigitte Hobmeier, Daniel Lommatzsch, Mareike Alscher, Julia Brankenburg, Nicole Krämer
Contact: Living Films OHG


Sören Voigt

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