More than Strangers

More Than Strangers

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

How many strangers can squeeze into a car? When they truly share the journey, no matter how tightly packed inside a moving vehicle, those within cease to be strangers, as one of New German Cinema's most refined and perceptive voices suggests. Five individuals, hailing from diverse national backgrounds but united by a common geographic destination, embark on a journey across the heart of Europe, following the highway that links Berlin to Paris. Even as the horizon stretches wide and the car seats feel cramped, they will discover what it means to find their way through obstacles – if not due to them – during this unique journey that serves as a metaphor for the significance of coexistence in times of crisis. A film brimming with affection for the future of Europe, celebrating the Old Continent's reawakening to the importance of emotional connection.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Sylvie Michel
Script: Sylvie Michel, Maria Teresa Curzio
Cinematography: Patrick Orth
Editing: Kate Williams
Sound: Tina Laschke, Adrian Baumeister
Music: Konstantis Papakonstantinou
Actors: Cyril Gueï, Smaragda Karydi, Julie Kieffer, Samuel Schneider, Léo Daudin
Production: Pallas Film
Producers: Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel
Co-production: Twenty Twenty Vision, View Master Films
Co-producers: George Kyriakos, Costas Labropoulos
Costumes: Anette Guther
Production Design: Maria Nickol
Make Up: Katharina Kraft
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany, Greece
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 100'
Contact: Pallas FIlm
Awards/Distinctions: Young German Cinema Award for Direction (Sylvie Michel) – Munich Film Festival 2023

Sylvie Michel

Sylvie Michel-Casey was born in the South of France and grew up in Paris. Since 1982, she has been living in Berlin, New York and Los Angeles, working in different areas of filmmaking, including as a script supervisor for Wim Wenders, Mika Kaurismaki, Christian Carion, Agnieszka Holland, and Nana Djordjadze. Her films as a director include the shorts Stand Back (1994), A Day in the Country (2007), and Lost Dog (2009). Her first feature Our Little Differences was screened at the International Competition Section of the 53rd Thessaloniki IFF.


1994 Stand Back (short)
1997 A Parking Lot Story (short)
2009 Lost Dog (short)
2012 Our Little Differences
2023 More Than Strangers