The Ordinaries

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

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.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Sophie Linnenbaum
Script: Sophie Linnenbaum, Michael Fetter Nathansky
Cinematography: Valentin Selmke
Editing: Kai Eiermann
Sound: Nicolas Voß
Music: Fabian Zeidler
Actors: Fine Sendel, Jule Böwe, Henning Peker, Noah Tinwa, Sira Faal, Denise M’Baye
Production: Bandenfilm, Britta Strampe GbR
Producers: Laura Klippel, Britta Strampe
Co-production: ZDF – Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Costumes: Sophie Peters
Production Design: Josefine Lindner, Max-Josef Schönborn
Make Up: Elena Ziegler
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 120΄
Contact: The Match Factory
Awards/Distinctions: German Cinema New Talent Award – Filmfest München 202

Sophie Linnenbaum

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.


2016 [Out of Fra]me (short)
2017 A Gentle Noise Between the Lines (short)
2021 Stories of Dads (doc)
2022 The Ordinaries