Le Prince

Le prince

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

When curator Monika gets mixed up in a raid in Frankfurt’s seedy Bahnhofsviertel district, she meets the Congolese businessman Joseph. This chance encounter turns into an intense love affair. But despite their love, mutual distrust grows, the consequences of which end up spiraling out of control. A fearless film that openly questions the romantic notion that love can conquer all boundaries and invalidate social conventions: after all, do we all mean the same thing when we are talking about love?

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

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Direction: Lisa Bierwirth
Script: Hannes Held, Lisa Bierwirth
Cinematography: Jenny Lou Ziegel
Editing: Bettina Böhler
Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Kai Tebbel
Actors: Ursula Strauss, Passi Balende, Nsumbo Tango Samuel, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Alex Brendemühl, Hanns Zischler, Douglas Gordon
Production: Komplizen Film GmbH
Producers: Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade
Co-production: ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Costumes: Sandra Ernst
Production Design: Marie-Luise Balzer
Make Up: Dörte Dobkowitz
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 125'
Contact: Komplizen Film Gmbh

Lisa Bierwirth

Lisa Bierwirth is a German filmmaker, born 1983 in Hessisch Lichtenau. From 2000 to 2001, she spent a year abroad in New York City and in 2001 she moved to Berlin. After graduating high school and various internships, she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) from 2006 to 2016. From 2013 to 2016, she was the artistic assistant and dramaturgical advisor to Valeska Grisebach. She accompanied the director’s project Western during script development, research, casting, and shooting in Bulgaria. Le Prince is her debut film, which was nominated for the German Screenplay Prize “Best Unfilmed Screenplay” by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


2009 Fracht (short)
2011 Sweetness (short)
2013 Teufel (short)
2015 Portopalo (documentary short)
2021 Le Prince