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Sardonic Smile (Das sardonische Lächeln)

Grazia, sister of student of archeology Isabella, is missing. The German police is not of great help and thus Isabella follows the only trace she has: to Sardinia. There she actually finds her sister in the camp of a mysterious escapist, amidst ancient sagas and unsettling crimes. And in the end it's Isabella who gets trapped in the clutches of a precarious past.

  • Koch
  • Koch
  • KRK Film
  • AML Film Andrea Mayer Lueen
  • Ernst Hannawald
    Key Cast
  • Julia Heinze
    Key Cast
  • Manual Cortez
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    90 EUR
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  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Italy
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    HD digital
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • PIFF, Greece
    September 5, 2012
    Premiere Greece
  • IDFF, India
    Mumbai, University (Foundation Hall)
    February 3, 2013
    Premiere India
  • MIFF Marbella, Spain
    Marbella, Palacio de Congresos
    October 3, 2013
    Premiere Spain
  • CYIFF, Cypres
    Nicosia, UNESCO
    October 26, 2015
    Premiere Cypres
  • Babel International Filmfestival, Italy
    Cineteca Sarda,Cagliari
    December 6, 2013
    Premiere Italy
  • Sun & Sand Festival, USA
    December 10, 2013
    Premiere North America
  • Festival Mundial De Cine Extremo, Mexico
    Vera Cruz
    February 5, 2014
    Premiere South Amerika
  • St. Tropez International Filmfestival, France
    February 19, 2014
    Premiere France
    Winner: Best Original Screenpla of a Foreign Language Film 2014, Winner: Best Foreign Filmproduction2014
Director Biography - Koch


• 1968 born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Eastgermany)
• 1988 school leaving examination
• 1989 Army - Checkpoint Charlie Berlin
• 1998 Master of business administration
• 1998 – 2004 Filmcorps GmbH Munic
• 2007 TV Event „The Miracle of Berlin"
• public lectures in different german towns
• producer of several Open Air Concerts
• since 2008 Free Lancer in a Commercial Agency
• lot of commercials
• live in Chemnitz, Germany

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Director Statement

The narrowness of the parental rooms is in stark contrast of the almost poetic monotony of Sardinia. Seemingly the land has been freezing in vastness and mysterious stoicism for centuries. Thereby, the protagonists almost appear to be surreal, the surroundings are occasionally strange. It is Isabella’s perception, Isabella’s sentiment. Something is wrong with her. Something seems to be different from what we, the audience, are used to. Together with Isabella we glide in the disturbing abyss of her anxiety.
This is the story of a clever temptation, but it’s the story of a healing as well.