Philip Scheffner
Germany 2012 | 106 Min.
» Trailer

On June 29, 1992, a farmer in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern dis­cov­ers two bodies in a grain field. Inves­ti­ga­tions turn out that the dead are Roman­ian cit­i­zens, both Roma refugees. They got shot by hunters while trying to tres­pass the Euro­pean border. The hunters state to have them mis­tak­en for boars. Four years later the trial com­mences. Which hunter fired the deadly shots can never be proven. The sen­tence is one of acquit­tal… dpa reports: „no one from Roma­nia was present“.

The court files show the names and address­es of Grig­ore Velcu and Eudache Calder­ar. But their fam­i­lies didn’t know about any trial at all. Nearly 20 years later, Philip Scheffn­er car­ries out the painstak­ing inves­ti­ga­tion that never took place back then. He inter­ro­gates wit­ness­es, inves­ti­ga­tors as well as experts, and first of all the vic­tims‘ fam­i­lies in Roma­nia, whom no one ever had cared about. His dili­gent han­dling of mate­r­i­al and reports cre­ates a web of land­scapes, rec­ol­lec­tions, case files and German polit­i­cal sen­ti­ment all of an increas­ing­ly oppres­sive complexity.